Renowned sitarist TOMMY KHOSLA, along with the JAWARI collective, joins forces with YIJIA at the Green Note to debut their collaborative new single. Yijia will set the stage aglow with her performance on guzheng, vocals, and guitar. JAWARI will follow with a live set featuring music and poetry from their highly anticipated upcoming LP, ROAD RASA.
- Sitar – Tommy Khosla
- Percussion – Gregorio Merchán
- Guitar – Taylor Frost
- Saxophone – Billie Sophoclides
- Poetry – Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay
- Vocals – Ella Sophoclides
Sitarist and composer Tommy Khosla navigates a diverse musical landscape, citing inspiration from a variety of genres including Latin jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music. Khosla gained notable recognition with the release of their debut solo album, “Vignettes,” a self-produced LP featured in Songlines Magazine and BBC Asian Network. Currently studying under Anoushka Shankar and Ricky Romain, Khosla’s performances encompass a wide spectrum, from Birmingham Symphony Hall (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Oxford University (The World’s Music at Oxford), to St Thomas’ Hospital (Lyrix Organix). Recently featured on the title track of Hagan’s “Good Food” EP (Soulection) alongside Sheila Maurice-Grey (KOKOROKO), Khosla’s collaborations show his commitment to reshaping the sitar’s narrative.
The culmination of this musical development can be seen in JAWARI, a multi-disciplinary collective. Core members include band leader Tommy Khosla on sitar, Latin Grammy awardee and Aterciopelados (Europe) member Gregorio Merchán on percussion, Taylor Frost on guitar, Billie Sophoclides on saxophone, Ella Sophoclides on vocals and Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay. Drawing on the eclectic musical and interdisciplinary backgrounds of its members and collaborators, JAWARI is cultivating a distinct identity within the global jazz scene. Following sell-out gigs in London, they are currently working towards their debut album, ROAD RASA – supported by Help Musicians and the British Arts Council – which will be released in 2024.
Support from YIJIA
Yijia will be taking the audience on a journey throughout her musical identity crisis starting from ancient China on the ancient zither – guzheng, which has more than 2000 years of history – and ending up somewhere between the lines of East Asian folk songs and her own compositions about my cultural, musical and existential crisis.
Yijia Tu is a Chinese zither (Guzheng) player, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music healing & holistic health enthusiast based in London. She started her music career as a finalist a 5M viewership Chinese music show and has won the CMA (Chinese Music Awards). Yijia is also featured on BBC World Service, Radio 3, NPR, and WOMAD Festival. She studied Music at SOAS and the University of Oxford and has a ‘Global Talent’ endorsement from the Arts Council UK. Having recently released a single ‘It’s Not Up To You’ with the iconic indie folk band Stornaway, she will also be their special guest across the UK tour this October/November. Yijia has also recent released an artist series EP ‘Chinese Whisperer’ with BMG/Alt-Life music. For Yijia, music has the ability to transcend through the limitations of time and space, and embark listeners on an experience towards an elevated dimension. Yijia is also passionate about exploring the connection between music and holistic healing, especially based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoist philosophies, where music has been used as a form of therapy since ancient times. Through channeling her routes, Yijia hope to use music as a gateway to restoring a health balance and connection between the body, mind and spirit of the inner world and the universe.
Doors open 7pm. Music starts 8.30pm. The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited and available on a first come first served basis so, if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early!