So Long Seven is a delicious mix of jazz, classical, blues, folk, and music from around the world is both a funky, relentless force and an atmospheric cornucopia of sound.
Nestled in the rhythmic drive of tabla player Ravi Naimpally, Neil Hendry (guitar), William Lamoureux (violin), and Tim Posgate (banjo) create an aural space beyond boundaries. This highly skilled quartet references several global traditions including traditional musical forms of India, Europe, Africa and the many musical traditions of the Americas, in a unique and cohesive cultural bridge.
So Long Seven has performed with Canada’s top global music venue, Small World Music, and plays concerts and clubs across the country. From a tour of Vancouver Island, appearances at Victoria Jazz Festival, Ontario’s Hillside Music Festival, and Sunfest, the band is a national force. The band has also performed internationally with multiple concerts across Europe.
The album Kala Kalo, was recorded at the historic Grant Avenue studio founded by music legend Daniel Lanois and used by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash and U2. This environment along with the attentive recording process of producer Anthony Michelli resulted in the sophisticated and textured album. Kala Kalo was nominated for best Instrumental album in 2019 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
On Long Seven’s lastest recording, frogs, elephants, stars and indigenous modernist painter Kenojuak Ashevak are all inspirations for new tunes. Produced by violinst William Lamoureux, it includes his arrangements for string quartet and original compositions such as L’unique étoile de la tolérance. The track Mara features the exceptional Hindustani vocalist Samidha Joglekar, who frequently collaborates with the band at both live concerts and on recordings.
only elephants know her name, continues the band’s tradition of exploring new musical territory and is a joyful salve for our complex times.
Nominated for best Instrumental album for Kala Kalo in 2019 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
“What could be more Canadian than the multicultural mashup music of the Toronto quartet called So Long Seven? The band consists of expert players on banjo, tabla, violin and guitar fusing the inspirations of India, West Africa, Spain and Brazil to make dynamic and intriguing original music that draws on folk, chamber music and jazz...”
— PETER HUM, OTTAWA CITIZEN
“Of all the recordings I’ve received in 2016, the debut effort from SO LONG SEVEN was certainly one of the most impressive. Calling this “Original Music” is an understatement: Banjo, Violin, Guitar and Tabla might look strange on paper, but it sure works in reality! This fuse of world music and cinematic jazz is truly exciting and is one of my top three picks of 2016.”
— JAYMZ BEE, JAZZ FMThis is "shut your eyes and go on a journey" music