This album is Rajiv Jayaweera's debut album featuring eight of his original compositions inspired by images and memories from Sri Lanka. It also features the relatively unknown traditional drum, the thammattama or temple drum, that appears on two of songs. Lara Bello from Granada, Spain sings on the title and opening track - Pistils.
released June 5, 2020
Chris Cheek - tenor/soprano saxophone
Aaron Parks - piano
Hugh Stuckey - guitar
Sam Anning - double bass
Rajiv Jayaweera - drums, cymbals, caxixi, thammattama
Lara Bello - voice
All compositions by Rajiv Jayaweera
Recorded at Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, New York in April, 2019
Mixed by James Farber at Shelter Island Studios, New York
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, New York
Artwork by Priyantha Udagedera
Design by Lucas Carillo
Outside In Music (USA)
Earshift Music (Australia)
This album was generously supported by the Australian Council for the Arts.
About Rajiv Jayaweera:
London born Rajiv Jayaweera grew up in Melbourne, is of Sri Lankan heritage and has been based in New York for nearly a decade. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000 and Masters in Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, New York in 2013.
In Australia he was a highly sought after drummer, touring and recording with the country’s finest musicians and ensembles including The Joe Chindamo Trio, The Bennett’s Lane Big Band, The Sam Anning Quintet, Bopstretch and The Australian Art Orchestra’s Crossing Roper Bar Project.
Since moving to New York, he has performed at nearly all of the legendary jazz clubs: Smalls, Blue Note, Bar Next Door, Dizzy’s, Birdland etc. He has been awarded grants from The Australia Council for the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The American-Australian Foundation, and was a finalist for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship, performing at the Sydney Opera House in 2013.
He has toured extensively around the world, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Doha, The Cotton Club, Tokyo, The London Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Jazz Festival among many others. His own quintet were featured as artists in residence at the Thailand International Jazz Conference 2020 as well as being one of the headline acts of the festival.