Sandy Evans and Friends with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and Sruthi Laya - Cosmic Waves
This stunning new release on renowned Indian label Underscore Records celebrates the
collaborative work of Sandy Evans, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, with Guru
Kaaraikkudi Mani’s brilliant Carnatic music ensemble Sruthi Laya.
The beautiful improvisations and compositions on Cosmic Waves explore the ocean as a
metaphor for cross-cultural dialogue, creating links through music for the deep
expression of the human spirit.
‘My first encounter with the power of Carnatic music was in 1996 when I toured India as a member of the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO)1. We had the privilege of collaborating with South Indian mridangam maestro Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani. The spark lit by Guru Mani on that tour eventually led to this recording.’ Sandy Evans
Sandy was in India in March 2012 performing for the AAO with Adrian Sherriff
and Sruthi Laya at “Daya. On Kindness: Australia India Cultural Exchange” in Delhi on
This project is a celebration of 20 years of Australia India cross-cultural
exchanges, in collaboration with the Australia-India Council and RMIT.
Australian guest artists on selected tracks:
Alister Spence: Piano
Brett Hirst: Electric Bass
Roger Dean: Computer
James Greening: Sousaphone