The members of The Monsoon Trio are among the first to individually and collectively study in the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara system and perform the vocal and instrumental styles of North Indian Classical music on modern western instruments. Their journey has lead to the creation of the Bass Veena; a fretless electric bass with additional supportive strings, as well as the development of the Shrutiphone; a modified non-tempered saxophone. The Trio has also innovated extended techniques that have aided them to authentically evoke the subtler nuances of Indian Ragas.
Pranaam to our Guru, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, who has nurtured us from the very beginning of this Raga music journey. Without his unconditional love, generosity and wisdom, none of this would have been possible. We offer the most respectful pranaam to our Great Guru Pandit Prasun Banerjee, Guruma Vidushi Meera Banerjee and Grand Guru Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Through the guidance of our Gurus, the Guru Consciousness has awakened in us our inner Beings, and continues to guide us on our spiritual path. – Jonathan, Andrew & Justin
Jonathan Kay – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones Andrew Kay – Alto Saxophone Justin Gray – Bass Veena Subhajyoti Guha – Tabla Shayna Kay – Tanpura Shantanu Bhattacharyya – Musical Direction
Recorded by Justin Gray at Dickie Lake Studios, September 12-14, 2014, Edited by Justin Gray & Jonathan Kay, Mixed by Justin Gray at Synthesis Productions Mastered by David Travers-Smith at found.sound.toronto Cover Photograph by Shayna Kay Photography, Design, & Layout by Andrew Kay of AUM Lotus Media