The Alaya Project | 40th San Francisco Jazz Festival
Group photo of the Alaya Project with the 40th San Francisco Jazz Festival artwork
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The Alaya Project

JUN 7-17 | 40TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jun 15, 2023
Joe Henderson Lab

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Original show description below.

This night brings the SFJAZZ debut of an Oakland-based band exploring the intersection of Carnatic Indian classical music with jazz and funk, and in the process are “forging a beautiful new sound” (Berkeleyside). They perform new music and material from their 2022 self-titled debut album.

Made up of percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy, saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan, and keyboardist Colin Hogan, the trio was formed in 2017 to perform at an UnderCover Presents concert in Berkeley honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ immortal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was the perfect outlet for longtime friends Krisnamurthy and Radhakrishnan to meld their love of jazz with their extensive South Indian classical training.

A Kalamazoo, Michigan native, Krishnamurthy is one of the leading lights of Carnatic music in the U.S. and a master of the mridangam — a double-headed drum that is the primary rhythm accompaniment in Carnatic music and is played by Krishnamurthy in this project in conjunction with the Western drum set. Phoenix-born Radhakrishnan is known to SFJAZZ audiences through his dynamic Indo-Jazz trio VidyA and has been a major force in Bay Area jazz since 2005. Hogan is a San Francisco native who came through the prestigious Berkeley High jazz program and works with Tommy Igoe, Jazz Mafia, and his brothers in the Hogan Brothers band.

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The SFJAZZ debut of an Oakland-based band exploring the intersection of Carnatic Indian classical music with jazz and funk.

The Alaya Project is forging a beautiful new sound.

Berkeleyside

The Alaya Project is forging a beautiful new sound.

Berkeleyside

Personnel

Rohan Krishnamurthy drums, mridangam, percussion
Prasant Radhakrishnan alto saxophone
Colin Hogan keyboards, accordion
Roopa Mahadevan vocals
Cory Combs bass

[A blend of] the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music with contemporary styles, such as electric jazz, bebop and funk.

JazzIz on The Alaya Project

Personnel

Rohan Krishnamurthy drums, mridangam, percussion
Prasant Radhakrishnan alto saxophone
Colin Hogan keyboards, accordion
Roopa Mahadevan vocals
Cory Combs bass

[A blend of] the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music with contemporary styles, such as electric jazz, bebop and funk.

JazzIz on The Alaya Project

Watch & Listen

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Cycles

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Cycles

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

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