About the visit
After a successful performance at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, one of UK's finest jazz performers, Brian Molley performed in India with piano prodigy Utsav Lal on 3 November, 2015 at the British Council, New Delhi. Molley performed notes from his 2013 debut album Clock along with the latest member of their group, Utsav Lal.
About the Brian Molley Quartet:
Formed in 2012 by the Glasgow-based saxophonist and clarinetist, Brian Molley Quartet features the finest performers in UK jazz, with Mario Caribé on double bass and cavaquinho, Stuart Brown on drums and percussion and new addition Utsav Lal on piano. The group draws on extensive musical experience, all four members being highly sought after musicians on the UK scene. Performing contemporary yet lyrical modern jazz ranging from tenderly crafted ballads to drum‘n’bass, straight-ahead jazz to Brazilian choro and baião, the ensemble deliver a diverse mixture of ‘skilfully crafted music’(London Jazz News) which is ‘assured and inventive. Molley's rich sonority is always impressive' (The Scotsman). 2013 saw the release of the group's critically acclaimed debut album CLOCK [BGMM©] - 'tremendous music from the great Scottish saxophonist’ (BBC) with Molley’s compositions and arrangements being highlighted for much praise.
Following sell-out album launch events in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the band has performed across the UK, including appearances at Manchester and Glasgow Jazz Festivals, Jazz at the Blue Lamp Aberdeen and for the Bridge Music Series. In 2014, BMQ were selected for the prestigious 'Made in Scotland' programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a curated showcase of the finest Scottish-based performers at the Fringe. In summer 2015, the band toured the UK once again before travelling to the USA to perform at Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York, representing the cutting edge in UK jazz as part of the Made in the UK programme. Whilst in the US the band also performed at Silvana, Harlem and WhyNot Jazz Room, Greenwich Village, New York City before returning to the UK to perform at Edinburgh Fringe once again.
About Utsav Lal
At the age of 22, pianist Utsav Lal has set a unique precedent through his rendrition of ragas on the piano. His innovative handling of a raga blends his diverse musical influences. His soulful renditions in traditional Alap jod jhala style are expressed with simplicity, sincerity and depth and have won him fans across the world.
The young musician has had an extraordinary career performing venues such The Kennedy Centre- Washington DC, Southbank Centre London, Theatre Orangerie-Netherlands, NCPA-Mumbai, Konset Huset-Sweden, Nehru Centre-London, India Habitat Centre-New Delhi, The Bridgewater Hall-Manchester, The Chambers-Singapore, across the world in Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, Singapore. By the age of 16, Times Music released Utsav’s debut Piano Album titled Piano Moods of Indian Ragas. He has releasedtwo other solo Indian classical albums (Live recordings) titled Ragas Dance off Piano Keys & Ragas Al Pianoforte and an Indo-Irish collaborative album titled “ragas to reels” which are all available on a worldwide distribution.