Carnatic Connection – Jyotsna Srikanth and the Bollywood Brass Band


The new album and tour by Jyotsna Srikanth and Bollywood Brass Band

Strings meet brass in this new collaboration, bringing together virtuosic violin playing and funky brass and drums.

New CD out now, see links below to buy tickets for the tour dates.

Of course, Carnatic Connection is available on iTunes and all the usual places, but you can buy it from us too and that really helps us out. Check out our shop. here

Here’s a preview of the opening track, Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu, on BandCamp

Chosen as one of Songlines Magazine’s Albums of the Year for 2016.

Guardian: “rousing, exuberant and exquisite” Robin Denselow
London Evening Standard “punchy dhol drum rhythms, fiery trumpet and sax solos, plus the silky rich tones of Jyotsna’s violin. A rare and thrilling mix. Two new compositions to dramatic scenes from the 1948 film Chandralekha are super-spectacular when performed live” Simon Broughton
Froots: “imaginative brass arrangements and precision percussion” Moore and Charlton’s alternative soundtrack for Chandralekha – “Wild and wonderful”!
Jamie Renton

Carnatic Connection

Accompany us on our journey to new territory in South India, where brass meet strings and we encounter the sonic wonders of violin gamakas (decorations), mridangam (double-headed hand drum) and morsing (jaws harp).

We present a fusion of Bollywood and Carnatic filmi sounds; from the legendary composer Ilaiyaraaja’s Rakkamma to the ubiquitous AR Rahman, whose classics Jiya Jale, Kehta Hai Mera Dil and Kehna Hi Kya feature Jyotsna Srikanth’s mellifluous violin playing, while the Oscar-winning Jai Ho is given the dance-floor treatment.

Deva Deva Kalayami grounds us squarely in the Carnatic tradition with a classical melody in raga mayamalava gowla, where Jyotsna leads BBB on a virtuosic, improvisatory journey incorporating the interplay of jugalbandi (duets).

‘Chandralekha’ (1948), the ground-breaking, black-and-white Tamil movie, has inspired Sarha Moore and Kay Charlton to compose a new soundtrack for the finale of the film. Drum Dance accompanies the epic scene where 400 dancers perform on top of enormous drums; suddenly the drums open up to reveal armies of soldiers who attack the stronghold (think Trojan Horse). Once inside the castle, the two leading men undertake a heroic sword fight, including, of course, a grand staircase and a chandelier, as they fight over the leading lady. Drum Dance is an original combination of west African rhythms and riffs with South Indian tihais, while Sword Fight showcases Jyotsna’s improvisatory flair with gamakas galore, underpinning the action on screen. Watch the scene, with this brand new accompaniment, on our YouTube channel – as Bollywood Brass Band Chandralekha film.

We hope you enjoy the journey south.

Tour dates

Go to our gigs page to book tickets for these perfomances

Friday 9 Dec – Rich Mix, Spitalfields Festival

Saturday 21 Jan – MAC Birmingham

This tour previously included performances at Global Rhythm, Ipswich; Stables, Milton Keynes; Haymarket, Basingstoke; Phoenix, Exeter; St Georges, Bristol.
This tour is supported by Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts)

Jyotsna Srikanth

Bollywood Brass Band