Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist and composer. His second album, Primal Odyssey, was released in October 2011 on camoci records.
In 2008 he was selected for Edition IV of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation 'Take Five' initiative for emerging jazz musicians produced by Serious. In 2009, he was invited to perform at the jazzahead! Festival in Bremen, Germany as part of the UK showcase presented by Jazz Services. In 2010, he was made an Associate Artist at The Albany Theatre, London - a position still held and in April 2011, Ghosh was made an Artist-in-Residence for the Southbank’s Alchemy Festival.
September 2011 saw Arun Ghosh feature as the cover star for Jazzwise magazine, the UK's biggest selling jazz magazine.
Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh's musical vision and vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage.
His Indo-Jazz Sextet play original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude,rocking urban beats and the passion of punk. Sweet and timeless melodies give birth to soaring improvisations and raag explorations, driven by a heady mix of dub-reggae bass, tabla trickery and ferocious drum explosions.
The first Arun Ghosh IndoJazz Sextet performance took place at the London Jazz Festival in 2007. The stellar line up consisted of: Arun Ghosh - clarinet, Idris Rahman - tenor saxophone Dr Das - bass Aref Durvesh - tabla and dholak Kishon Khan - piano Myke Wilson - drums
This band rocked the Southbank - see footage http://www.youtube.com/camocivision - and has since lit up the British jazz scene with intense and cathartic performances at clubs, festivals and melas in London and around the country.
Alternative line-ups include Liran Donin (double bass), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone), Nilesh Gulhane (tabla), Rastko Rasic (darbuka), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone) and Pat Illingworth (drums).
Arun Ghosh released his debut album "Northern Namaste" on camoci records in 2008 to critical acclaim. The album has UK retail distribution through Harmonia Mundi and is available as a digital release on iTunes. The opening track on "Northern Namaste" entitled "Aurora" also appears on Gilles Peterson's compilation album "Brownswood Bubblers Three".
Following the success of his official "homecoming' album launch at Contact Theatre, Arun performed to packed audiences and rave reviews at:- Brighton's Great Escape Festival, London's Vortex, the City of London Festival, Streatham Festival and to a sold-out crowd at London's Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club.
Appearing at the Manchester Jazz Festival, Arun's IndoJazz Sextet was deemed "gig of the festival" by patrons of Matt&Phred's Jazz Club, and a streamlined Arun Ghosh Quartet fired up the Indo-Electronica tent as part of the year's London Mela.Read more
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