Calcutta Express Bios

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Guy Strazz

Guitarist and Composer

      Guy is one of my favourite Indian jazz guitarists

– Niranjan Jhaveri (Jazz India and Down Beat)

 Guy is an amazing player and a great composer

  – Mike Stern (ex Miles Davis guitarist)

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Guy Strazz is a master guitarist and awarded composer whose work navigates modern jazz and experimental music influenced by Afro-Brazilian styles and Indian classical music. He has performed at major festivals and venues around the world as featured artist including: Jazz Yatra in India, Jakarta Jazz, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals, Clusone Jazz Festival (Italy), Japan World Expo, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz festivals and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. He has worked with Australian jazz luminaries such as Don Burrows, Matt McMahon, Sandy Evans, Vince Jones, and Dale Barlow; Indian musicians Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ashok Roy, and Sandip Chatterjee; guitarists Martin Taylor, Slava Grigoryan and Mike Stern. Guy has released 10 albums as a leader featuring his original work (Universal Publishing).  He is a recipient of several awards, including a Jazz APRA, two APRA Nominations and the prestigious Australia Arts Council Music Fellowship.   He is currently performing with The Eastern Blues Quartet, Anna Salleh, and Dorian Mode Hammond Organ Trio. He holds a Masters of Arts and a PhD degree in music. official website

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        Sandip Chatterjee

           Santoor and Composer

    The faces of the audience lit up with joy at the soothing, melodious, spiritual musical virtuosity of Sandip.

– Arab News, Jeddah: Habib Shaikh

Sandip Chatterjee is a disciple of Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and vocal master Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.  An ‘A Grade’ Artiste of Song and Drama division (Government of India), Sandip is a recipient of several awards including Best Hindustani Classical Instrumentalist (All India Music and Dance Competition, 1986). President of India Award – First Position Hindustani classical instrumentalist (All India Radio, 1990). Jadubhatta Puraskar Award (1990), and “Sangeet Ratna Award” (Kolkata (2011).   His musical palette incorporates two Gharanas at the same time – Maihar and Patiala classical schools. His experimental approach on the santoor employs a mallet in the right hand while the left hand plucks the chikari (drone) strings to play the Alap, Jod and Jhala parts of bandish (a fixed composition within raga), thereby creating a contrasting resonance to the mallet-struck strings. Sandip has been extensively performing at many music festivals and concerts all around the world. He has released numerous CDs and has worked with renowned music directors such as A.R.Rehman, Jatin Lalit, Gulshan Kumar, Rabindra Jain, and Pt.V.Balsara.   Beyond Hindustani classical music, Sandip has collaborated across genres in jazz, rock, Latin and contemporary music with renowned musicians. These include Shanti (Claudio Gigilio and Fulvio Farkas); Emotion, (Elin Larsson); and Feelings (Giuliano Mondarelli).  His collaboration with guitarist Guy Strazz – Calcutta Express – received  a nomination by the Indo Acoustic Project (USA) for Best CD of 2006 Award in the Global Beat Music category. official website

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Maharshi Raval

Tabla

  Maharshi has been immersed in Indian classical  music since early childhood. He  started  his  musical  journey under the  guidance of  his grandfather, the late Shree Gajanan  Raval, and later with the late Pt. Nandan Mehta. He regularly visits India to study with Pt. Pooran Maharaj in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He has won first prize for the All India Youth Festival tabla competition. Currently, he lives and works in Sydney. Since migrating to Australia he has played with Indian classical artists such as Pt Debiprasad Chaterjee, as well as bringing his tabla into jazz with Sandy Evans, flamenco with Chachy Peñalver and African music with Lucky Lartey. more info

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Wendy Anggerani

Keyboards

 Born in Indonesia with Chinese heritage, Wendy Anggerani  is equally at home with jazz, Latin and fusion  styles as she  is with contemporary pop music. She has performed with Asia Beat’s Lewis Pragasam in Malaysia and Indonesia at The Java Jazz Festival and has shared the stage with many renowned contemporary pop artists, including Ronan Keating, James Blunt, Ross Wilson, Demi Lovato, Jessie J, Guy Sebastian, and Jessica Mauboy. She has also been Musical Director for Showcase at The Australian Institute of Music in Sydney since 2012. Her keyboard work has been part of Carols In The City presented by The Sebastian Foundation and MYER since 2013.  In 2007 Wendy also toured China and South East Asia. Guy Strazz asked Wendy to join Calcutta Express Australian tour because of her musical virtuosity, inventive keyboard work, and sheer passion for music. more info at yamaha