Discover more about Jesse Bannister
From a mixed-race background of Indian and white British heritage, Jesse is a world-renowned Indian classical saxophonist and sought-after composer, who has written for the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and has collaborated with such lights as Talvin Singh, Deepak Pandit, Bickram Ghosh, Padma Shri Aruna Sairam and Adnan Joubran. In Tune brings together his various creative outputs in Indian classical music and classical composition, alongside his personal background in sound healing.
Bannister is a truly global artist with an international reputation for original composition, outstanding performance and dynamic delivery. He has toured internationally in Asia, Europe and the US and now comes back home to tour in the UK with his quartet.
In Jesse’s words
“My new project In Tune is a very personal work for me that draws together all my musical inspirations from rāga to minimalism to Impressionist piano music and my personal experience growing up in a sound healing family.
I was inspired by the well-researched power of the Indian classical shruti tuning system, where the resonance of these pitches have been known to heal and spark meditative states. I wanted to explore sound, silence and the resonating space in between on a re-tuned piano set to these incredible pitches. And in turn, take listeners on a musical journey to grow, bloom and expand through sound – and ultimately experience a tuning of mind and body”.
“Jesse has a unique sound that will challenge the horizons of saxophone players worldwide for many decades.”
Jesse has performed throughout England, regularly bringing new and inspiring projects to the UK Music scene.
Gigs include London Jazz Festival, Darbar, Musicport, Bridgewater Hall, BBC venue and QEH.
“He is the future of Indian Classical Music”-
– Pandit Jasraj
Jesse has composed music for the Halle Orchestra, Film, TV, Theatre and Dance productions.
He co-founded and co-lead Raga Nova and Samay.
Jesse has collaborated with many artists including Bickram Ghosh, Siva Raman, Talvin Singh, Andy Sheppard and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Balbir Singh Dance company as composer for 2012 Olympiad project ‘Synchro.’
“An intricate and evocative fusionof Jazz and Indian music”
– Jazz FM
In 2012 Jesse conceived and composed the IOS app Groove India, in collaboration with Leeds College of Music and Mosquitodigital.
In 2013/14 Jesse Toured USA for 7 weeks with Indian Classical Trio Trilogy, Toured Synchronised in UK, Composed music for Rugby world Cup and Tour de France Celebrations, worked alongside Asian Underground master Sri Sriram.