‘Indo-European’ Jazz Fusion feat. German guitarist MATTHIAS MUELLER, double-Violinist S. RADHAKRISHNA, Swiss-based Tabla player UDAI & South-Indian multi-percussionist R. YOGARAJA
Ahimsa is a four-piece world music ensemble based in Germany, India, and Switzerland. Seamlessly weaving guitar, double violin and both North & South Indian percussion, their music is a captivating fusion, masterfully blending traditional Indian Carnatic music with elements of western classical music and jazz.
The group grew out of a chance meeting in 1999 of Munich-based guitarist Matthias Mueller and South Indian violinist S. Radhakrishna, which blossomed into friendship, mutual admiration and eventually a musical partnership. With the addition of two ace Indian percussionists, the line-up of Ahimsa was born, and their two albums to date, `Seven Steps to Liberty’ and `What is the Nature of Spirit?´ have acquired broad critical acclaim. Ahimsa in Sanskrit denotes non-violence and compassion for all beings.
Ahimsa, with Matthias on guitar, Radhakrishna on the rare and unique, stereophonic double violin, also features Switzerland based Tabla player Udai Mazumdar and South-Indian multi-percussionist R. Yogaraja. Their musicianship is superb and their live performances are incendiary.
In Ahimsa’s fiery compositions, the complex rhythmic structures and raga improvisations of Carnatic music are extemporaneous, yet meticulously balanced with the harmonic diversity of western classical music and the unlimited expression of jazz. The band creates daring and compelling explorations, played with a virtuosity reminiscent of the legendary band Shakti – yet at the same time innovative, fresh and uniquely their own.
Attesting to their dazzling virtuosity, the band’s individual members have collaborated with a veritable who´s who of modern music-from Pt.Ravi Shankar, maestro Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Dr. L. Subramaniam to John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, to name just a few.
AHIMSA is touring India from Nov 01, 2014 to Mar 31, 2015 for a concert tour.
Live Performance Showreel:
Major Concerts so far:
- Woodstock (Poland) – Aug ‘08
- Ethno Jazz Festivial (Chisinau) – Nov ’12
- Shetland Folk Festival (UK) – May ’10
- Schloss Elmau (Germany) – ’13
- Congo Square Jazz Fest – Jan ’09
- Baltic Sea Festival (Poland) – Aug ’08
- Worldbeat Cultural Center (USA) – Aug ‘08
- Jahan-e- Khushrau Sufi Music Festival – Mar ‘06
- Klezmer Festival (Denmark) – Jun ‘03
- Dunya Festival (Netherlands) – ’06