Gary Lucas   Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas  

Gary, Sirish and Najma @ Paradiso Amsterdam 9/26/10

photo by Bert Wils

Gary and Najma live at the Jazz Cafe London 7/15/10

Gary, Sirish and Najma, Barbican Transcender Festival, LSO/St. Luke's Church London 9/17/10

Gary and Najma perform live on Radio France International's "Musiques du Monde" show 9/18/10

Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas

Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas

Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar live at the WOMAD Festival Las Palmas 11/09

Gary and Najma rock out at WOMAD Las Palmas

Read a rave review in the Financial Times of Gary and Najma's Barbican Festival London show!!

Read a 5 star review (in Dutch) of Gary and Najma's Paradiso show in Amsterdam 9/26/10 from Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad (English translation here).

Listen to a podcast of Gary and Najma performing live on the "Musiques du Monde" radio programme broadcast live on Radio France Internationale 9/24/10-—part one and part two 

When acclaimed guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter GARY LUCAS met Indian vocalist extraordinaire NAJMA AKHTAR, sparks literally flew...

The NYC-based guitar magician was a  fan of Najma's solo albums and collaborations with Page and Plant and Andy Summers...

and the sultry London-based siren had been a fan of Gary's solo work and his collaborations with Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart and a Who's Who of rock royalty (Lou Reed, Noel Gallagher, et al.).

The pair thought an East meets West collaboration that fused Gary's bluesy psychedelic guitar with Najma's angelic Indian voice would be intriguing...

The result??

"RISHTE" (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)—TRULY A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

#4 on the World Music Charts Europe

Major press raves worldwide:

5 Stars—The Financial Times

4 Stars—MOJO, Uncut, fRoots, Global Rhythms, The Guardian, Songlines

Check out David Fricke's recent review in Rolling Stone:

Blues from India
"Gary Lucas is a modern guitar miracle, an alchemical soloist with monster technique and a rare collaborative touch. He is especially good with master voices;  his work with Captain Beefheart and the late Jeff Buckley is a master lesson in aggressive invention and supportive electricity. That empathy is half the pleasure of Lucas' Indo-blues venture. Rishte (World Village), with British-born Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar. The other half is the sharp, soaring way she threads his space-fuzz dynamics and pungent Delta settings on National steel. Akhtar, who sang with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on their 1994 Unledded TV special, sounds perfectly at home in Skip James' "Special Rider Blues," while Lucas makes the Mississippi ghosts dance."

Read a 4 star review of "Rishte" by Mike Barnes from MOJO Magazine.

GARY LUCAS AND NAJMA AKHTAR recently performed at the WOMAD Festival Las Palmas in the Canary Islands in front of 5000 fans to a tumultuous reception.

Check out 3 live clips here:

"Soul Taker"



and are planning more shows upcoming worldwide...

Next up for Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas Live:

Thursday, July 14th - Jazz Cafe, London England
Friday, September 24th - Madame Guitar Festival, Tricesimo Italy
Sunday, September 26th - Paradiso, Amsterdam Holland

Read some additional reviews here:

5 Stars, The Financial Times

4 Stars, fROOTS

4 out of 5, Haute Fidelite (France)

Top of the World selection in Songlines

La Vanguardia (Spain)

The Vortex (UK)

La Marseillaise (Marseille daily newspaper)

Cyclic Defrost (Australia)

Featured CD of the Day on the National Australian Radio ABC Network

For bookings:

Gary and Najma live at WOMAD Las Palmas 11/09 Gary, Najma and Sirish @ Paradiso 9/26/10
Gary, Najma and Sirish Manji, Amsterdam 9/26/10 Gary and Paradiso booker Jan-Willem Sligting outside the Paradiso Amsterdam 9/27/10

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