Sarathy Korwar and band greet Mumbai with 'More Arriving', the US born artist brings the album to India with his live band and guest MC's. ‘More Arriving’ saw the virtuoso distill the experience of the brown diaspora in a divided post-Brexit Britain by inviting MCs like MC Mawali, Prabh Deep and Delhi Sultanate to combine their rap sensibilities with Korwar’s high-octane jazz sound.
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai. He began playing the Tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to American music that he heard on the radio; leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop (Ahmad Jamal and John Coltrane were early discoveries). At 17, Korwar moved to Pune to study Environmental Science, but instead he dedicated his time to music. On completing these studies, a decade ago, he moved to London where he trained as a classical Tabla player under the guidance of Sanju Sahaiat SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies). This is where he started focusing 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. The UPAJ Collective is a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians brought together through a love of collaboration and improvisation who set up a residency at the Jazz Café in London. Korwar has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming), clarinettist Arun Ghosh and and producer Hieroglyphic Being. He has toured with artists such as Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd. Korwar’s daring debut album, Day To Day, recorded with the support of the Steve Reid Foundation, was released by Ninja Tune in 2016. The album fused traditional folk music recorded with the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with contemporary jazz and electronics. In November 2018, Gearbox Records released a triple vinyl live album by Sarathy Korwar and UPAJ Collective. My East Is Your West. This was recorded and performed at Church of Sound show where it was sold out. A critically-acclaimed take on the cultural appropriation of ‘spiritual’ Indo-jazz, the three hour show was recorded following a single 45-minute rehearsal. The resulting album was awarded The Guardian's Contemporary Album of the Month. Korwar released his second studio album, More Arriving, through The Leaf Label in July 2019. With this latest release, Korwar blasts out his own vibrant, pluralist narrative for the world to hear. This is not necessarily a record of unity; it’s an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being Indian in Britain. As such it’s a leap forward from his previous releases, 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 time.