Jarry Singla

In his original music, the Indo-German pianist and composer Jarry Singla combines European musical traditions not only with a variety of jazz-styles, but also with classical and folk music drawn from non-European musical cultures.
Jarry´s compositions include pieces for his ensemble with the renowned British saxophonist Julian Argüelles as well as music for jazztrio and symphony-orchestra. In New York and Mexico City, where Jarry lived for several years, his work was inspired by meeting musicians from all around the world. His quartet „Blumenbein“ released three CDs with original compositions: „Blumenbein“ (JazzHausMusik), „Planetarium“ (Shaa-Music) and „Daji Tulaji“ (AO-NRW).
For many years Jarry was a member of „Borderland“, the award-winning group of Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska. Currently he is working with „Lagash“, an ensemble which is led by the Iraquian composer, perucssionist and singer Saad Thamir.
Having studied at „Hochschule für Musik Köln“ and at „Mannes College of Music“ in Manhattan, Jarry is now based in Cologne/Germany and La Paz/Bolivia.
His current projects centre round his trio „Eastern Flowers“, an ensemble whose members all have a close cultural connection to the Indian subcontinent. The group with the fantastic South-Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham and the Indo-German bassist Christian Ramond performed all over India within the framework of the event “Germany and India: Infinite Opportunities”, organized by the Goethe-Institute. Their first CD „Mineralle“ was released by „Jazzsick Records“. “Eastern Flowers” toured twice in Bolivia: in September 2014 as a trio and in 2015 as part of a Big Band project. In 2016 the group performed at the renowned „Acht Brücken Festival“ in Cologne and was invited to perform at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, taking place in November.
In 2013 Jarry Singla was selected by the Arts Foundation North-Rhine Westphalia for a six month stay in Mumbai as an Artist-in-Residence, where he formed an ensemble with three of the finest Indian musicians: vocalist Sanjeev Chimmalgi, tabla-player/composer Vinayak Netke and sarod-virtuoso Pratik Shrivastav. A year later – in the context of its 25th anniversary – the Arts Foundation invited „The Mumbai Project“ for a tour in North-Rhine Westphalia, studio recordings, a film production and workshops, together with Christian Ramond and Ramesh Shotham. In November 2016 the first CD of this sextet will be published on Double Moon Records.
Shortly after his stay in India Jarry participated in another residency in the Polish town Chorzow which led to the foundation of the trio WEI3 with two very inspiring European musicians: the polish bassist Maciej Garbowski and the french drummer Peter Orins. Since ist foundation WEI3 has performed at the festival „Vive le Jazz“ in Cologne and Düsseldorf, at the NRW Representations in Brussels and Berlin, at the Goethe-Institut Paris and in the University of Arras. „Kaliko“ – their first CD – will be published in November 2016 with the french Label Circum Disc.
In 2015 Jarry Singla started working in duos with the German saxophonist Johannes Lemke and the Bolivian Charango-player Alfredo Paredes – two ensembles approaching Indian and Bolivian music respectively from a „global Jazz perspective“. In September 2016 the duo with Johannes Lemke performed at the „Festijazz“ Festival in La Paz within the context of a German-Bolivian encounter.