rāga: ‘that which colours the mind’


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George Howlett is a London-based musician and writer. I cover topics loosely related to jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation, drawing on my study of guitar, tabla, and santoor in India and the UK. Above all I aim to enthuse fellow musical searchers, connecting new textures and abstract sonic interrelations to the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them.

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Recently Ive run a “Fresh Repertoire” lesson series in Guitar World, worked as an Indian classical musicologist for Darbar, and contributed to Jazzwise, The Wire, and JazzFM on subjects ranging from Coltrane and Hendrix to West African drumming and animal rhythmic capabilities. I also teach online and in local schools, and release music as Rāga Junglism. See the site for more!


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The ‘World of Tuning’

Exploring how we can get the most out of our peg-twisting rituals, the project examines tuning horizons from multiple musical angles: practical, harmonic, historic, social, scientific, spiritual, and so forth…

Menu of Tunings (100+) • Altered-tuned artists  Divine Indian drones Global instrument tunings • Joni’s stringed canvas Alpha-melodic word-games Double-siding: capo-harp hacksTales & quotes Megatable: hidden relations Glossary: tuning termsFeedback

There’s perhaps no better guide to alternate tunings than George Howlett’s ‘World Of Tuning’: with its compendium of 100 tunings, each helpfully accompanied by recorded samples, details on the intervallic relationships between strings, and bios of the guitarists who invented or popularised them…” (The Wire: Unofficial Channels, Aug 2022)


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  • No Kanjira (with Jesse Bannister) – guitar, sax, samples:

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