Orquestra Mahatma are unique in British Jazz due to their bizarre and wonderful take on music from the strangest places around the world. Based on a solid foundation of their own technical journey through many types of music, they have been playing music from around the world many years before it was named “Crossover” and “world” music, and influencing many younger bands. Wild, manic, zany, incorporating Balkan, Brazilian, French Cafe, Americana, South American, Klezmer, zigeuner, and jazz music, this band loves to enjoy themselves, and take others with them along the way.
Iconic British drummer Paul Clarvis sounds like no-one except himself! Playing with Pigfoot, Babelfish, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, Blink, Mose Allison, and other infamous names like Hozier, he’s also kept busy being Hollywoods favourite drummer boy.
Stuart Hall plays deeply iconoclastic guitar and anti-hero solos that stay with you long after you’ve heard them, and brings his unpredictability to the band.
Sonia Slany has an ability to bridge many styles and genres, having played with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Fado singer Mariza, Jim Hall, Egberto Gismonti, and many pop icons.
Robbie Robson is joining us tonight on Sousaphone, with his inimitable ability to bring out the bass line, and his musicality.
“…a rumbustical eclectic world music spree” Jazzwise
“…An unpretentious small jewel with a mighty difference…” Der Zeitung
“Stirring and stunning experiments in Jazz without frontiers” – The Sunday Times