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Standing ovation for great vibrations

The innovative musical project between Hammonds Saltaire Band and Indian musician Shri Sriram has gained widespread acclaim.

Shri Sriram
 

Hammonds Saltaire's 'Just a Vibration' musical collaboration with Indian musician Shri Sriram has gained widespread critical acclaim following their blistering performance to a packed house at the EFG London Jazz Festival's Rich Mix venue.

Standing ovation

The performance was greeted with delight and a standing ovation by members of the audience as the combination performed 10 pieces that mixed the traditional sounds of an English brass band with the evocative timbres of the sub-continent through soft melodies and dance beats to rock riffs and jazz rhythms.

Under the baton of Morgan Griffifths the band worked perfectly with Jasdeep Singh Degun's sitar sounds and the energetic drumming from Marc Layton-Bennett as well as special guest Jason Yard on bass saxophone.

Enjoyed

Morgan told 4BR: "The whole project has been thoroughly enjoyed by the band. It's been amazing fun and has turned into a mutual appreciation society. It's been so good to do something so different."

The whole project has been thoroughly enjoyed by the band. It's been amazing fun and has turned into a mutual appreciation society. It's been so good to do something so differentHammonds Saltaire MD, Morgan Griffiths

Next project

The combination has already started work on their next project with Bradford Music Hub and Leeds-based South Asian Arts, performing with scores of youngsters at this Saturday's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, whilst other projects involving the 'Just a Vibration' sound and young people are already being planned.

Just a Vibration is released on I-Tunes on 27th November.

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