Festivals in Germany
Jonas Hellborg is taking his solo playing to two German festivals early November. Jonas entered a new phase in his solo bass playing in the last two years, finding new approaches and directions. This ever-evolving musical platform has been a mainstay through his entire career. Show up and enjoy in Ingolstadt and Aalen.
Nov 6th - Ingolstädter Jazztage, Ingolstadt
Nov7th - Aaalener Jazzfest, Aalen
Jostle On Tour
Jonas is getting ready for a small tour with Jostle:
27 August 2014 Szene Wien (Vienna), Hauffgasse 26, A-1110 Wien (Vienna)
28 August.2014 Zoundhouse Dresden, Meschwitzstraße 6, 01099 Dresden
29 August.2014 PPC Hannover, Alter Flughafen 7a, 30179 Hannover
Jostle is Jonas Hellborg, Steve Bailey, Lee Sklar on basses and Chester Thompson on Drums.
Lee is busy playing with very famous people so for this little tour Jostle has the honor of being joined by the one and only Alphonso Johnson.
Solo Concert in Finland
Keitele Jazz is the next venue for a Hellborg Solo Bass concert. Keitele is in the Northern Savonia region of Finland. A small town with a big Jazz Fest.
Slow by slow the Solo Bass project is picking up steam and is finding new directions after Jonas' reworking of the Silent Life. There should relatively soon be a new Solo Bass recording to document the new material developed during recent tours and concerts.
The Jazz Raj Story
The motivation behind the music on The Jazz Raj is not new for me. It has been a continuous process going back a decade or more. Just like Yehudi Menuhin was, I have always been deeply engaged in the two classical musics of the world, Indian and European. The two complement each other brilliantly.
One area where Indian Music is ahead is tonalities, scales or call them Rags or Ragas. Basically the tonal material you have accessible for you composition or improvisation.
In the west we are pretty much stuck with the diatonic scale of whole step whole step half step whole step whole step half step aka the Major Scale. Sure we start it on different intervals and call it different names, Phrygian Lydian e.t.c but it is still the same structure. Not in Indian Music. The tonalities of Indian music have all possible and seemingly impossible structures, but please do not think they are constructions, they are very natural sounding. My interest for a very long time has been to apply these tonalities to my western musical sensibilities in order to expand my vocabulary.
On a piece of music called Mirror on my record Icon I used a South Indian Raga called Kanakangi as the tonal material, the scale notes are C, C#, D, F, F#, G, A.
There is plenty of Indian rhythmical foundations on this record but we have integrated in a western approach. Of course mostly thanks to Ranjit Barot’s fabulous drumming. Ranjit is unique in that he is a western kit drummer with the entire Jazz and Rock vocabulary who at the same time is deeply rooted in the Indian rhythmic tradition. So again it is a synthesis of east and west that is no longer crude or apparent. It is a fusing of elements that enhances both musical worlds.
The journey however is taken in the real world.
The Jazz Raj was indeed real for the 3 of us and I do hope that it will take you on a journey as well.