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Sage Gateshead and GemArts present:

Riverside Ragas: The Jonathan Mayer Sitar Ensemble

Jonathan Mayer

Sage Gateshead and GemArts present:

Riverside Ragas: The Jonathan Mayer Sitar Ensemble

Part of GemArts


Composer, producer and one of the most internationally acclaimed sitarists Jonathan Mayer performs the beautiful raag Kafi to celebrate the festival of Holi and the coming of spring.

VARIATIONS inspired by Borodin’s Nocturne
In a special and unique adaptation to Indian instrumentation of the famous and unforgettable string piece, Jonathan composes new variations using raga structures in conjunction with harmonies. Joined by Debasish Mukherjee on tabla and Iain Mchugh on cello.

Originally commissioned by Amina Khayyam Dance Company for their production Kantha Katha-k (2021)

Presented by GemArts and Zer0classikal.

About Jonathan Mayer

Son of the late Kolkata composer John Mayer, Jonathan began his musical training at the early age of 5 with Violin, Piano & Composition. He started his initial training under the western sitarist Clem Alford who was a disciple of Sachindra Nath Saha, Senia Gharana. Later he studied Imdadkhani Gharana technical proficiency under Ustad Wajahat Khan for a short while and finally settled in to the Senia Veen-kar Gharana under the extremely knowledgeable maestro the late Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury.

Jonathan Mayer studied composition from his father who studied violin with Phillipe Sandre in Calcutta, music theory with Melhi Mehta in Bombay, Indian theory with Sanathan Mukerjee and composition from Matyas Sether. Jonathan later studied composition from Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons) at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying both sitar and composition. Because of his ability to read western notation he has performed in a variety of genres and so far his career has seen him play with artists such as Dave Stewart, The Bingham String Quartet, Kathryn Tickell, Kumar Bose, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan De Sarem, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, I Musici Fiamminghi Orchestra, and Sir Paul McCartney.

ℹ️ Useful Information

5.30pm: Bars open
7pm: Doors to Sage Two
8pm – 8.45pm: Set One: Sitar and Tabla
9.15pm – 10.05pm: Set Two: Sitar, Tabla and Cello
10.35pm: Last orders
Timings are subject to change 

Discount tickets:
North East first timer: £5
Under 25s: £7.50
Family ticket: £35 (up to two adults and two children)

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