Sarathy Korwar on his playlist
This is a selection of music that I’ve been listening to recently. Inspiring me to create differently and challenge my own subconscious assumptions of what works in a musical context. A lot of the music is from peers of mine, making music primarily based out of London. I’m in love with how creative and diverse the city feels, especially when making playlist like this one (!) putting together an eclectic mix of sounds.
Don Cherry and Charles Lloyd are two of my favourite jazz musicians. I think this is because they understand the power of communal music making. Their music always reminds me to keep things fluid and focus on creating an atmosphere in which my fellow musicians on stage feel comfortable taking risks while playing.
I’m currently adding finished touched to an album that features a range of South Asian rappers, poets, spoken word artists and is about the reality and non-singularity of having a South Asian identity/background today. Bandish Projekt is a producer working with a very talented group called the Swadesi crew based in Mumbai. They combine the vocabulary and cadence of Indian classical percussion with fiery lyrics in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.
I’m incredibly lucky to be joined on stage by Idris Rahman (Wildflower/Soothsayers/ Ill Considered), Dan Leaver (The Comet Is Coming/Soccer 96) and Huw Marc Bennett (Susso/Minyata) whose individual music projects I deeply admire.
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