When Indian Classical Fuses with Welsh Folk and Jazz



Aberystwyth Arts Centre, WalesMay 26

Galeri Caernarfon, Wales, May 27


Khamira is a new world music band, featuring musicians from India and Wales, fusing elements of Welsh folk, Indian Classical, jazz and rock.

Four jazz musicians from Wales join three of India’s young and talented musicians to create Khamira (meaning ‘yeast’ in Hindi). Suhail Yusuf Khan’s virtuosic Serengi dovetails with Tomos Williams’ trumpet, Vishal Nagar’s tabla joins in a feast of rhythms and syncopations with Mark O’Connor’s drum kit, while Aditya Balani’s soaring guitar solos are supported by Dave Jones’ keyboard and Aidan Thorne’s bass.

With all the musicians bringing their skills and influences to bear on the band sound, Khamira’s music is somewhere between the cinematic scope of the Pat Metheny Group and the grunge funk of Miles Davis’ 70s band, inter-twinned with passages of melancholic Welsh folk music and Indian classical virtuosity.