Avartan meaning cycle, weaves in influences from various world music styles, with an emphasis on the classical backgrounds the trio share. The project explores a soundscape of musical traditions with an array of contemporary fl avours. The trio features Rekesh Chauhan(Piano), Alok Verma(Tabla/Percussions) and John Garner (Violin). Jointly, they have toured internationally, performed to audiences and shared stages with world renowned artists.
Rekesh Chauhan has performed with his own bands in arenas as well as appearing as a solo pianist in some of the world’s prestigious concert halls. With his early training in Indian Classical Music from his Father and Guru, he went on to study Western Classical Music. Unifying a new style has made him a phenomenon amongst listeners. He is one of the few who perform Indian Classical music on the Piano. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mercury Prize award winner Talvin Singh, Tabla giants such as Ustad Tari Khan and has been featured on the BBC radio stations.
Alok Verma’s repertoire spans spiritual world music, fusion, indo jazz, hip-hop and African drumming. He has performed alongside Boris Grebenshikov, Aquarium International at the Royal Albert Hall and with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) at the Barbican, London. His experience ranges from playing at the Winterthur International Film Festival in Switzerland to portraying Mahatma Gandhi’s life through music at ‘SOAS’.
John Garner is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. He is a violinist and is currently studying jazz at postgraduate level at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He pursues numerous avenues in his music making, including regular appearances in the UK and abroad with the Hot Club Ensemble, electronica band Polaroid 85, with his jazz quartet and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In association with Sama Arts Network