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Primary Instrument: Sitar

Born: March 29, 1975

Biography Training: Son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, Jonathan studied sitar from Clem Alford, Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury, both of Senia Gharana, and Ustad Wajahat Khan of Imdadkhani Gharana. He also studied composition from his father and later with Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons).

Who he's worked with: Jonathan is currently one of the most versatile sitarists in the world, having studied both Indian & western music. From these traditions he has created a unique creativity towards the sitar, seeing it as a instrument and not a genre...
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Chandigarh Live: “..In fact, be it in individual piece or in his father John Mayer or in consonance with other artists, Mayer played Sitar with deft dexterity.” The Times UK : “...and some exhilarating solos from Jonathan on Sitar.....” Timeout Uk: “.....Jonathan weaves a gorgeous modal jazz solo on the Sitar in 7/4 Classic CD UK: “.... The Players are all astonishingly virtuosic from Mayer's son, Jonathan, on the Sitar....” ”A breath of fresh musical air.” - Toronto Star ”History in the making.” - Jazzwise Magazine ”Mayer clearly knows what he's doing on the sitar.” - Audiophile ”...Mayer's clear facility on his instrument.” - Songlines ”...pushes at the limits of what we expect from the sitar.” - Songlines

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