Kavita Shah (USA) with Steve Newcombe (QLD)

KAVITA SHAH (USA)

Hailed for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages” (​NPR​), New York vocalist/composer Kavita Shah combines her in-depth knowledge of Latin, African, and Indian cultural traditions with her fluency in various jazz idioms and extended vocal techniques to create a new genre of musical experience that reflects our increasingly diverse and hybridized world. She has performed her own music at the Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Jazz Standard, Art Basel Miami, Duc des Lombards and jazz festivals worldwide, and she has collaborated with Sheila Jordan, Martial Solal, François Moutin, Lionel Loueke, Steve Wilson, and Greg Osby. Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Shah and Newcombe met in 2010 as graduate students at Manhattan School of Music; they have since collaborated on Shah’s “VISIONS” (2014), a world jazz project co-produced by Lionel Loueke incorporating the sounds of the West African kora and Indian tabla into a modern jazz ensemble, and Newcombe’s SNO (Steve Newcomb Orchestra), a large chamber jazz project large ensemble realising original and diverse works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, as heard in the albums “Caterpillar Chronicles” (2013) and “Meltwater Pulse” (forthcoming 2017).

 

 

STEVE NEWCOMBE (QLD)

Steve Newcombe is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores music “in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (​Sydney Morning Herald​). He maintains an active solo career, performing in various styles with and arranging for artists such as Katie Noonan, Chris McNulty, Metropole Orkest, Roberta Gambarini, Stefon Harris, and Ben Folds. Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Shah and Newcombe met in 2010 as graduate students at Manhattan School of Music; they have since collaborated on Shah’s “VISIONS” (2014), a world jazz project co-produced by Lionel Loueke incorporating the sounds of the West African kora and Indian tabla into a modern jazz ensemble, and Newcombe’s SNO (Steve Newcombe Orchestra), a large chamber jazz project large ensemble realising original and diverse works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, as heard in the albums “Caterpillar Chronicles” (2013) and “Meltwater Pulse” (forthcoming 2017).

  

KAVITA SHAH WITH STEVE NEWCOMBE comprises:

  • Kavita Shah - voice
  • Steve Newcombe - piano
  • Sam Anning - bass
  • Ben Vanderwal - drums