Artist Spotlight June 2021

“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.”

– Jesse Bannister

Jesse Bannister ~ Saxophone & Piano

Aruna Sairam and Jesse Bannister perform the raga Shanmukhapriya. Recorded live at Union Chapel, London, 2014

From a mixed-race background of Indian and white British heritage, Jesse Bannister 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. 

Photo of Jesse Bannister by Vasare Piscikaite

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”.

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.

Jesse Bannister – Piano, Nandini Shankar – Violin, Tim Thomas – Sound Engineer & Mixing, Bradley Cunningham – Piano Tuning. * All proceeds from purchases of the In Tune track “Grandma’s Hands” are donated to India Covid 2021 Relief via Khalsa Aid.

Photo of Jesse Bannister by Vasare Piscikaite

Connect now with Jesse & his music online at: jessebannister.co.uk | jessebannister.bandcamp.com/releases