Legends Festival 2020

This new band led by Martin Speke Charukesi as a newly formed project - a pared-down version of Martin Speake’s previous 7-piece group ‘Fever Pitch’. It is a groove based band inspired by Indian/Arabic/Jazz music. The band name derives from the term Charukesi (pronounced chārukēsi) and is a rage in Carnatic music (a musical scale of South Indian classical music).  The Band showcased during the London Jazz Festival, Charukesi was formed to reflect Martin’s interest in rhythmic music from around the world including Arabic, Indian and Turkish influences. In Martin’s words, “I felt I wanted to play music that is very immediate for audiences and is simple harmonically, groove based and the improvising consists of primarily melodic and rhythmic development rather than based on chord changes.

Line Up: Martin Speake – Sax, Alyson Cawley – Sax, Mike De Souza – Guitar and Will Glaser - Drums

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