Sunday, November 4, 2018
Christine Correa's Mishran Project is a collaboration of four New York City-based jazz and Indian classical musicians coming together to explore the repertoire of singer Christine Correa's home country of India. Drawing from both Indian folk traditions and the modern popular Indian songbook, these four musicians explore the music through a jazz lens, using the songs as an vessel for their own improvisation and experimentation. This project is very personal for Christine, who grew up singing many of these songs at her school in Mumbai. Together with accordionist Ben Rosenblum, guitarist Kenny Wessel and tabla player Ethan Fox, Christine is able to reconnect with her musical and cultural roots, and combine this with her extensive knowledge and experience in straight-ahead and free jazz.
The resulting sound is a unique amalgamation of various musical influences, resulting in the name of the project, Mishran, which means mixture in Hindi.
Vocalist Christine Correa is a native of Mumbai, India currently residing in Brooklyn, New
York. After relocating to the U.S. she soon became involved in a variety of improvisational contexts. Christine has performed and recorded with artists such as Ran Blake, Steve Lacy and John LaPorta and has appeared at numerous festivals and clubs in the U.S., Europe, South America and India. She is a member of the Frank Carlberg Quintet and has been featured in many of the groups releases. Christine has also been featured on projects by composers Steve Grover, Sam Sadigursky, Nicholas Urie, Guillaume Orti and Laurent Coq. Christine is currently on the faculty at Columbia Universitys Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program and has been Director of the Maine Jazz Camp since 1994. She has given vocal workshops at Sibelius Academy and Oulunkyla Conservatory (Helsinki), in Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Lagos (Nigeria), Windhoek (Namibia), Bowdoin College (Maine), University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, among others.
Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist,
accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a graduate of the program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. Ben is celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.
Kenny Wessel, a versatile, sensitive and soulful guitarist and composer, has performed in 27 countries. He toured with revolutionary jazz artist Ornette Coleman for over 12 years as a member of Prime Time, Ornette's groundbreaking ensemble. Kenny can be heard on Colemans CD, Tone Dialing. Performing Ornettes Skies of America, Wessel has appeared with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic and Londons Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also worked with Donald Fagen (featured guitar soloist on Fagens Morph the Cat), David Liebman, John Abercrombie, Karl Berger, Debbie Harry, Gloria Lynne, Adam Rudolph and others from the jazz, pop and world music spectrum. Ken has a strong interest in North Indian music, and he has performed with Debashish Bhattacharya, Karaikudi Mani, V.M. Bhatt, Samir Chatterjee, Steve Gorn and others. Wessel co-leads a trio with jazz tabla master Badal Roy, Their CD, Daybreak was included in JAZZIZ magazines Top 10 Critics Picks. Ken and Badal toured India and the U.S. with their composition, Testimony, which was commissioned by the Battery Dance Company. Wessels most recent CD, Weights & Measures received 4 stars in Downbeat magazine. As a U.S. Jazz Ambassador, Ken has toured South Asia and South America, visiting India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bengladesh and Venezuela in 2002-03.
Ethan Fox is a New York City based musician and educator. Ethan is an active performer of
Indian Classical music and a faculty member of the Chhandayan Center for Indian Studies in
Manhattan. He regularly performs with ensembles of various musical styles including Central Asian, Jazz, Western Classical, Afro Cuban and Ghanaian musics. Ethan is actively involved in music educational efforts around New York City. He is a music teacher for the NYC public schools and runs his own private studio. He is currently studying tabla in the Guru-Shishya parampara with Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Ethan received his masters degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor's degree in percussion performance from SUNY Fredonia.