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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. His ability to read western notation has enabled him to work on many collaborations and the wide range of artists Jonathan has worked with reflects the diversity in his playing: Joji Hattori, Paul Weller, Kathryn Tickell, BBC Concert Orchestra Kumar Bose, Kavita Krishnamutri, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan De Saram, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, Noel Gallagher, and Sir Paul McCartney. What he's worked on: Jonathan has worked in most genres both live and in the studio including rock, pop, British folk, Bulgarian folk, plain chant, renaissance, baroque, western contempory, jazz, jazz fusion, Hindustani classical, funk & dance. One of his main attributes is having an electric sitar which gives more flexibility in the dynamic sound world of popular music, further more Jonathan is the worlds first exponent of the newly developed 'pygmy sitar'

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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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