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Traditional sitar player
Sitar
Waltham Abbey
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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Son of the late Kolkata composer John Mayer, Jonathan began his musical training at the early age of 5 with Violin, Piano & Composition. He started his initial training under the western sitarist Clem Alford who was a disciple of Sachindra Nath Saha, Senia Gharana. Later he studied Imdadkhani Gharana technical proficiency under Ustad Wajahat Khan for a short while and finally settled in to the Senia Veen-kar Gharana under the extremely knowledgeable maestro the late Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury. Jonathan Mayer studied composition from his father who studied violin with Phillipe Sandre in Calcutta, music theory with Melhi Mehta in Bombay, Indian theory with Sanathan Mukerjee and composition from Matyas Sether. Jonathan later studied composition from Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons) at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying both sitar and composition. Because of his ability to read western notation he has performed in a variety of genres and so far his career has seen him play with artists such as Dave Stewart, The Bingham String Quartet, Kathryn Tickell, Kumar Bose, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan De Sarem, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, I Musici Fiamminghi Orchestra,and Sir Paul McCartney. Jonathan has performed all over the world including, France, Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, America, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and two very successful tours in India (including a performance at The Dover Lane Music Conference) as well as a number of performances for the BBC in the UK.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
World music, Bollywood
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Rag Yaman
Rag Jhin Joti
Rag khamaj
Rag Sohini
Rag Puria
Rag Marawa
Rag Hindol
Rag Hemant
Rag Pahadi
Rag bupali
Rag Shivanjani
Rag Megh
Rag Malshri
Rag Dhani
Rag kafi
Rag Bhimpalsi
Rag Jaunpuri
Rag Abhogi
Rag Bageshree
Rag Rageshree
Rag Puria Dhaneshree
Rag Boopeshwari
Rag bilawal
Rag asavari
Rag vashaspati
Rag bhatiyar
Rag Jaijavanti
Rag manj Khamaj
Rag Tilang
Rag Todi
Rag Dhabari kanara
Kabhi Kabhi
Chalte Chalte
Aaja re
Dekha Ek Khawab
Chaudvin Ka Chand
Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
Jashne Bahara
Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan
Thinking Aloud
Stay With Me
All of Me
Thriller
Billy Jean
Blackbird
That's What I Like

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£250

Reviews

From customers:

The I, 4 years ago

“Jonathan successfully captured the playful approach to Raga Kafi from the beginning of his performance. He went on in a smooth and rhythmic manner with some sparks that proved the depth of his knowledge of the raga.”

Desh K, 4 years ago

“In the very Aaochar of Kafi, Jonathan was able to spread the mood of this Raga. His Gat in Tintaal had amazing spontaneity and beautiful rhythmic manner…”

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