TRIKONA is a dynamic new blend of energy, rhythm and melody inspired by Indian classical music and jazz, liberally sprinkled with virtuosic improvisation and performed by a band of internationally renowned musicians.
Produced by Drum The Bass and led by BASCA award-winning composer, musician & producer Shri Sriram on bass & bansuri, TRIKONA brings together the creative brilliance of Prathap Ramachandra on ghatam & khanjira, Kousic Sen on tablas, Prakash Ramachandra on mridangam, Rod Mason on saxophone and Asaf Sirkis on drums.
TRIKONA made its sellout debut at Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre in July 2017 and will be available to tour from the summer of 2018.
“Having recently witnessed electric bassist Shri Sriram’s fascinating, cinematic, brass-band spectacular Just a Vibration, his sextet project Trikona again sets the pulse racing with its bold fusion of North and South Indian classical music and high-energy progressive jazz/rock. In a line-up which includes saxophonist Rod Mason and drummer Asaf Sirkis, Sriram’s characteristically percussive approach to bass-playing connects with the aromatic rhythms of tabla, mridangam, ghatam, morsing and khanjira to create a hypnotic, visceral experience which can send both heart and mind reeling. A live show not to be missed!” – Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews
*TRIKONA – a Sanskrit word for ‘triangle’ – is a dynamic blend of three vital musical ingredients: energy, rhythm, and melody – the sonic equivalent of a perfect triangle.
SHRI SRIRAM (top left), PRATHAP RAMACHANDRA, ROD MASON. PRAKASH RAMACHANDRA (bottom left), KOUSIC SEN, ASAF SIRKIS
SHRI SRIRAM Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Shri Sriram has, over the years, devised a finely tuned sound that truly breaks boundaries: a superb mix of classical Indian music and – variously – contemporary jazz, traditional brass band, new age and experimental. Shri grew up in Mumbai, India, discovered rock music at college, built his own bass guitar and headed to London. He formed trip hop duo Badmarsh & Shri whose albums led to appearances at Glastonbury and abroad. In 2015 Shri released ‘Just A Vibration’, a blend of intricate Indian melodies with the magnificent sound of a full brass band, followed by tour dates in 2015 & 2016.
PRATHAP RAMACHANDRA is an internationally acclaimed South Indian percussionist who has performed on some of the biggest global stages. Born and raised in Bangalore, from the age of 10 Prathap studied the ghatam, one of South India’s oldest percussion instruments and is a renowned specialist in carnatic music. He has been based in London since 2005 and has accompanied ballet and contemporary dance star Sylvie Guillem on her world tour and some of the world’s top Bharatanatyam dancers. He is also proficient in the vocal technique konnakool and his versatility makes him a leading role model for the next generation of percussionists.
ROD MASON discovered the joys of swing and jazz while studying the saxophone at Huddersfield University. He has performed with many of the UK’s top jazz stars as part of the Ben Crosland Quintet, at jazz festivals all over the UK and Europe and with his own quartet which featured Jez Franks on guitar, Dave Walsh on drums and Ben Crosland on bass. Rod currently works with his new quartet Elements featuring Richard Hammond on bass, Richard Wetherall on piano and keyboards, and Dave Walsh on drums.
PRAKASH RAMACHANDRA brother of Prathap, is also a carnatic musician specialising in the mridangam, an Indian percussion instrument of ancient origin and the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a carnatic music ensemble. Prakash has worked with many artists across contemporary, jazz and world music; in 1995 he collaborated with Massive Attack on their single ‘Karmacoma’ and toured with them internationally; he performed at the BBC Proms as part of the BBC’s World Routes Project in 2011.
KOUSIC SEN was born into a musical family and is an internationally renowned tabla player whose intense, energetic performances add a new dimension to the traditional concert going experience. Kousic has worked with many musicians around the world and is at home onstage in the US, Canada or South Asia as he is in the UK.
ASAF SIRKIS is an Israeli jazz drummer, composer and educator based in London. He started drum lessons at 12; spent his early twenties touring Israel with various jazz luminaries and moved to London in 1999. In 2000 he toured with acclaimed Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and together they made seven albums, including ‘Exile’ which won the BBC Jazz Award for best CD. Since 2014 Asaf has been studying the art of the South Indian vocal percussion (konnakol) at the Tamil centre in London.