Sarathy Korwar has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene.
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in India and began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop - Ahmad Jamal and John Coltrane were early discoveries. After furthering his studies in tabla with Rajeev Devasthali and with Sanju Sahai at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, translating his skills to the western drum kit and playing as a session musician, Korwar focussed on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments.
Korwar has since established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective. Korwar’s second studio album, More Arriving, was voted MOJO Magazine’s Jazz Album of the year. In it, Korwar blasts out his own vibrant, pluralistic narrative for the world to hear. This is not necessarily a record of unity; it is an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.