Sunny Jain: Taboo CD Release
Show Description"New York based Indian-American musician Sunny Jain fuses the future with the past...This new generation of music will bring Indo Jazz into great popularity."
-Hindustan Times, India
"Powering it all with shifting tempos, a vast array of percussive colors and rhythmic aplomb is bandleader Jain, bringing worlds together in seamless fashion…a fresh concept with brilliant execution."
-Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
Sunny Jain is a lead voice in an emerging movement of South Asian-American jazz musicians who bring together America’s greatest original art form and the ancient sounds of their cultural heritage. Touted as an Indian-American trailblazer in establishing the contemporary music of Indo-Jazz, Sunny Jain has released 5 CD's since 2002 that have received international acclaim for their “groundbreaking synthesis” (Coda Magazine). “Stakes out singular turf in this 21st Century world of cross-pollinating musical traditions" (Signal to Noise).
Unlike most Indo-Jazz ensembles, Sunny draws inspiration from the musical sensibilities of modern India in addition to ancient classical forms. Jain’s Punjabi roots and appreciation for Bollywood classics are audible in the work. Allusions to Indian dance rhythms find resonance with ragtime, swing, and the syncopated jazz canon in the group's performances.
Tonight Sunny Jain celebrates the release of "Taboo" new jazz works inspired by ghazals (ancient poetic form), addressing social justice issues such as sexual orientation, inequality and violence upon women, and the juxtaposition of religions.
Sunny Jain - drums
Marc Cary - piano
Nir Felder - guitar
Gary Wang - bass
Achyut Joshi - vocals
Sheetal Karhade - vocals
Shayna Steele - vocals