The Yoginis Indian Jazz Project delivers exciting, fresh sounds fusing Indian Classical, American Jazz, and other world music influences. Pianist/Composer Yogi McCaw began The Yoginis Indian Jazz Project to explore the new universe of this kind of music. Since then several versions of the ensemble, featuring different maestros at different times, have recorded and performed both in India and in the USA - in India in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture India and the prestigious Kuchipudi Dance Institute, and at the Northwest's largest Indian cultural festivals, Flavors of India and Anandmela.
The current Project is comprised of Yogi on piano, sarode maestro Richard Russell, multi-instrumentalist Bob Antolin on flutes and reeds, and master percussionist of both Indian and Latin styles, Tor Dietrichson.
The new quartet draws from all the traditions the ensemble has incorporated in the past: with an emphasis on the improvisational virtuosity of the musicians, we create a fusion of jazz with Indian, Latin, and other flavors. We hope you find the music as much fun to listen to as we have when we are creating it!
Pianist Yogi McCaw's interest in Indian music began when he was a teenager and then later as a young adult when he studied the art of meditation and traveled to India. These travels led to his meeting and collaborating with musicians from India, and were the inspiration for the development of the Yoginis Indian Jazz Project. Yogi currently plays in numerous ensembles, among them Bob Antolin's Comfort Food (African/Jazz fusion), Groove Kitchen (Old Skool Rhythm & Blues), and "Elvis" singer Tony Colinares (Graceland Manila Band), as well as jazz duets with his favorite singer Stacey Israel.
Percussionist/ Vocalist/ Bandleader and Recording artist Tor Dietrichson has been playing music from many parts of the world for over 45 years. He is highly trained on the Indian tabla drums by the world renowned Zakir Husain since 1973 and is currently playing in numerous bands around Seattle and beyond including his own Latin band Mambo Cadillac. He most often performs on Afro Cuban conga drums.
Bob Antolin, instructor of woodwinds at Seattle Central College, is a multi-instrument talent, composer, arranger and producer. Studied sitar with North Indian master ZM Dagar. Studied saxophone with Joe Brazil, Carter Jefferson and Julius Hemphill. Studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. As a producer, recent studio projects include CD releases and recordings from Guinean singer Edward Sourez, Guinean singer Aboubocar Kouyate, Malian stars Madu Kone (Habib Koite) and Moustafa Kouyate (Bassekou Kouyate) and Congolese singer Eckaman.
Richard's passion is Indian classical music, kirtan (sacred chants) and world music. He plays sarod, keyboards and sings . He has received a BA in music composition at The Evergreen State College; MA in Indian Classical music from Antioch University. Studied Indian classical music under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Aashish Khan. He enjoys yoga, Buddhist philosophy, cooking and community.
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