Born: March 29, 1975 Primary Instrument: Sitar
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...
Chandigarh Live: ..In fact, be it in individual piece or in his
father John Mayer or in consonance with other artists,
played Sitar with deft dexterity.
The Times UK : ...and some exhilarating solos from
Timeout Uk: .....Jonathan weaves a gorgeous modal jazz
on the Sitar in 7/4
Classic CD UK: .... The Players are all astonishingly
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. -
...Mayer's clear facility on his instrument. - Songlines
...pushes at the limits of what we expect from the sitar. -
Out of Genre - Jonathan Mayer, First Hand Records -
Music of India - Jonathan Mayer - Sitar, Esmail Sheikh -
Tabla, John Mayer - Tanpura. Cooking Vinyl Records
INDO-JAZZ FUSIONS RECORDINGS
Indo-Jazz Fusions - Asian Airs 1996 Nimbus Records
Indo-Jazz Fusions - Ragatal 1998 Nimbus Records NI5569
Indo-Jazz Fusions - INJA 2000 FMR Records FMRCD69-
Indo-Jazz Fusions - Shiv Nataraj 2001 FMR Records
The Teak Project - The Teak Project, First Hand Records -
Mantra - with Kuljit Bhamra and The Orlando Consort
Sarah Brightman - Eden
Kevin Spacey - Beyond the sea
Arun Ghosh - Northern Namaste
Bombay Dub Orchestra - Bombay Dub & 3 Cities
Future Sound of London - Falling Down (Oasis remix)
Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
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