Right now I play guitar, tabla drums, and santoor (Himalayan dulcimer) in the London area, recording, performing, and meeting open-minded collaborators. I also teach, and write lesson articles for Guitar World, and recently started releasing music as Rāga Junglism, loosely fusing jazz and jungle with Indian classical concepts.
No Kanjira (with Jesse Bannister)
I sent Indo-jazz sax master Jesse Bannister the loop and broken tabla solo, and he sent back a fascinating 17-min improv full of Indian melodic turns, rhythmic ambiguity, and more. I cut it up and down into the final track – stretching notes, splicing melodies together, etc.
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- Lots of lesson studies written for articles in Guitar World and other publications, spanning odd-time blues and jazz walking bass to Ghanaian polyrhythm and Malian kora harp music.
- Various session projects, including recording guitar parts for a BBC1 wildlife soundtrack (The Great British Year) – I remember having to play along to a deer chase.
- Aged 19 (nearly a decade ago), performing some Tommy Emmanuel-style fingerstyle acoustic in Somerset.
George Howlett is a UK-based musician and writer, specialising in jazz, rhythm, Indian classical, and global improvised music. See the rest of the site for more – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org