music of this trio uses to great effect the Indian concept of tala,
rhythmic time cycles of various lengths. Some of the tals
employed here are Jhaptal (10), Teental (16), Kaharwa (8), and in
the composition, "The Mind’s Ear", a modified Ektal (12). Other
structures common to tabla playing appear like tihai, chakradar,
and laggi. Porter also draws on raga, the melodic
aspect of Indian music, in his compositions. For example, the "The
Serpent’s Tear" is based entirely on Rag Bhairav. The integration
of these elements into a modern jazz setting with sophisticated
jazz harmony and improvisation makes for a rather unique sound.
PAUL LEAKE grew up in New York City and traveled to Asia at a very
early age, living in Nepal and India from 1967-78 and immersing
himself in the languages, philosophy and music of the region. He
studied tabla in Nepal with Prof. Kali Prasad Sharma (Benares school)
and in Calcutta with Ustad Keramattulah Khan (Farukhabad school).
After returning to New York, he became very active performing classical
Indian vocal, instrumental, and dance music. Paul is a founding
member of the Kathak Ensemble with dancer Janaki Patrik. Over the
years he has become a central figure of the Indian music scene in
New York, playing with numerous local and visiting artists as well
as hosting concerts of word-class musicians. He has also composed
film music and worked with various fusion groups. Paul’s vast knowledge
of Hindustani music contributed greatly to this trio project.
HENNING SIEVERTS was born and raised in Berlin, where he studied
cello, double bass, and composition, but relocated to Munich in
the mid-80s. He was a member of the Bundesjazzorchester under
Peter Herbolzheimer. He won music awards from the city of Munich
and the International Society of Bassists and in 1994 received the
Bavarian State Prize. Henning released a CD under his own name entitled
Goldfischgesänge with a trio featuring Bill Elgart and Rudi
Mahall. He has toured in the U.S., Australia, and Portugal, and
worked with such jazz greats as Benny Bailey, Frank Foster, Robin
Eubanks, Christoph Lauer, and Jim Black.