International Latin-jazz 4tet (France-India). One of the only virtuoso and genuine Latin-jazz bands in India.
EMMANUEL SIMON (PERCUSSION/BAND LEADER)
Emmanuel Simon is a versatile musician from Paris, France, acting in Jazz, Latin-American, World, Fusion, and other Western modern music fields as well as composing for theater and short-films.
Initially trained as a Western classical pianist, he has completed his academic degrees in Western musicology, Western classical and modern music. He has also graduated from a M.A. degree of Indian Instrumental Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, as a Gold Medallist and now attending a Ph.D. on Bengali folk percussion. He is nowadays a multifaceted percussionist, having wide knowledge in various musical cultures such as Western, West African, Afro-Cuban and Indian percussion, getting “taalim” from the tabla virtuoso Pandit Shankar Ghosh.
He has been performing in Europe and South Asia, collaborating with many different artists. In India, he has performed in prestigious auditoriums (such as Kamani Auditorium - Delhi, Chowdiah Hall - Bangalore, Birla Sabhaghar - Calcutta, Blue Frog - Delhi, Bharat Bhavan - Bhopal, etc.) and in prestigious festivals such as World Percussion Festival (Nehru Park, Delhi), Kolkata Jazz festival, Bengaluru International Arts Festival, Calcutta International Dance Fiesta, etc.
His music through his compositions has been broadcasted on different TV channels (USA, Japan, Europe) and various short films festival all across the world (USA, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Europe).
Pradyumna Singh Manot (Piano)
Paddy is one of India's most talented jazzmen and piano players. He started his life in music on the piano at the age of six. Since that time he has been extensively studying Western Classical, Jazz (with Madhav Chari), Latin, Latin jazz and North Indian classical music.
He has performed in many prestigious venues and festivals across India and has been a regular artist of the Congo Square Jazz Festival for past 8 years. Abroad he has also performed in Hong Kong, Indonesia, UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Macau, Bangladesh and has performed in the World's biggest jazz festival, the Java Jazz Festival where he received accolades form great names of jazz including George Benson, Roy Hargrove and Joey de Franscesco.
He has performed with many jazz artists such as American jazz singer Claire MIchaud, Canadian trombonist Alistair Kay (Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, etc.), star bassist Steve Zerlin, Alex Stuart and Indian guitar legend Sumith Ramachandran, among others. Paddy is also a founder member of the Latin-jazz bands Los Amigos and Jazzeando.
Pradyumna has given many concerts with Indian musicians such as Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, Ustad Taufique Quereshi, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, among others.
Pradyumna has worked with many dancers across different dance forms. He has toured and performed with the world famous tap dancer Jason Samuel Smith and world famous kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das. He is also closely associated with Salsa company “Mambo City”.
Premjit Dutta (Timbales)
Premjit Dutta is a bright percussionist of a new generation. He started his musical journey training on tabla, graduated eventually receiving Sangeet Bisharod in Tabla from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad.
He then started studying Western music, graduating in Drumkit and Theory of Music with distinction from Trinity College London and Royal College. He has also been studying authentic Afro-Cuban percussion for the past 9 years from the veteran conguero Monojit Datta.
He is currently teaching Drumkit & Theory of Music at Calcutta School of Music (CSM), Calcutta Centre for Communication and Creativity (C4) and St Xavier’s school on Kolkata. He has recorded and toured/performed in India and abroad (Europe/Asia) with Los Amigos (Latin-jazz), the Bodhisattva Ghosh Trio (jazz-fusion).
He has also worked as session musician across India in major festivals and events. He is currently working with alternative/indie outfit Camouflage (brit-pop), jazz-funk band No Idea, the Big Family Blues Ensemble, to name a few.
He is also a regular artist in All India Radio and an India-endorsee artist from Vic Firth, Remo and Sonor.
Bijit Bhattacharya (Bass guitar)
Bijit is one of the most talented bass players in Kolkata, actively involved in studio sessions as well as the live music scene.
He has been a permanent member of bands like Safire, Catch 22, and others. He has also performed with nationally acclaimed folk-fusion act Friends of Fusion, but also with Latin act Nukkad Salsa Project, Crayon Joint and many more.
He has been playing sessions with and for filmaker Anjan Dutt, Singer songwriter Anupam Roy and music director Neel Dutt.
Bijit is currently making music with Charon, Bee & The Buskers, etc.
He has released albums and toured in festival abroad (Europe / Asia) with jazz rock act The Bodhisattwa Trio and alternative rock band Zoo, bands with which he is still collaborating nowadays.