This new project by Tom Bancroft starts with the bodhran and the tabla and a drone, adds Indian Classical Violin and improvising jazz guitar, and continues adding layers and voices from different traditions, in a creative new project that focuses on the common ground between Scottish music, jazz, Indian music and electronica.
Strip away the surface features and jazz, electronica, Scottish traditional music and Indian classical music all share:
• groove & rhythm
• collective and individual improvisation
• melodies and scales/raags
• vocal rhythmic patterns
Sharat Srivastava (violin), Gyan Singh (tabla), Tom Bancroft (bodhran & drums), Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops), Sophie Bancroft (voice), Gina Rae (voice), Inge Thomson (voice & electronics).
Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator. Trained as a doctor Tom now makes a living from music. He has played with musicians ranging from Sun Ra & Martyn Bennett to Geri Allen and Bill Wells. He is a key member of the 80 piece Grit Orchestra that features many leading scottish jazz, folk, and classical musicians and plays with Graeme Stephen in the award winning Playtime collective that performs every fortnight in Edinburgh, and the Go Get It Trio.
Tom is a founder member of the Pathhead Music Collective where he curates (with Martin Green from
LAU) the PIE series of improvised/experimental concerts in a village hall. He leads other occasional creative projects like big band Orchestro Interrupto, and the non-jazz electronic/experimental group Vincent - with Japanese avant-grade pianist Satoko Fuji, and In Common - a project finding common ground between Indian Classical and Scottish Jazz musicians, and jazz and traditional singers. After running Scottish Jazz record company Caber Music for 7 years between 1998 and 2005, he now runs the music education company ABC Creative Music with his twin brother Phil.
“the most instinctive powerhouse drummer on the Scottish Jazz scene" - Sunday Herald