Since his first experiences playing with legendary drummer John Stevens in 1989, Ramanan has been a continuing presence on the London improvised music scene. Constantly exploring the boundaries between composition and improvisation as well as the sound possibilities of the trumpet, he has worked with Peter Brotzmann, Eddie Prevost, Evan Parker, Simon Fell, Marcio Mattos, Alex Ward and Tony Marsh. Ramanan has been a conductor and stalwart of the London Improvisers Orchestra since its inception.
His latest CD “London” on Leo records features a group inspired by the experience of playing with Brotzmann’s own Chicago tentet. This Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond) free-jazz and improvised music scene. Inspired by playing with the Peter Brotzmann tentet this group combines original compositions, with free and conducted improvisation to wildly sensual effect.
“Throws a bomb under the usual carve-up between composition and improvisation … big fun … I relished this CD.” Philip Clark, WIRE Magazine
“…coruscating work that would be right at home in Sun Ra’s conductions.” Stuart Broomer, Signal to Noise