The Fifth Annual Indo-Jazz Festival

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Monsoon Music proudly presents THE FIFTH ANNUAL INDO-JAZZ FESTIVAL featuring three of Toronto’s finest jazz and world music ensembles MONSOON, NEAR EAST AND KAYOS THEORY. Each will bring their unique brand of Indo-jazz to Toronto’s home of great jazz, The Rex Hotel, on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th along with special guests TED QUINLAN AND DAVID MOTT. This event will feature a debut double-album release for Monsoon and Near East, under the direction of table master Ravi Naimpally, will make their debut appearance at the festival. Kayos Theory will be performing their innovative material from The Experiments of Truth Suite & Tribute to John Coltrane Suite. The following weekend on Sunday, December 16th, Live Young Nutrition and Monsoon Music will present YOGA FOOD MUSIC, a special event  that combines yoga, holistic South Indian cuisine and classical Indian music all at the Inner Garden, Downtown Toronto @ the historic warehouse – 401 Richmond  St. W. For more information please visit  / /



9:30 pm – Monsoon w/ special guest Ted Quinlan

Debut Double Album Release!!


7- 9 pm – Near East    

9:30 pm – Kayos Theory with special guest David Mott

Performing The Experiments of Truth Suite & Tribute to John Coltrane Suite.

The Fifth Annual Indo-Jazz Festival, the only one of its kind in Canada, was designed to spread the Indo-jazz influence around the world, and is one of the initiatives of Toronto power collective, Monsoon-Music.

With Humber college training in jazz under their belts, three Toronto-based artists, Jonathan and Andrew Kay and Justin Gray travelled to India to study Hindustani classical music. Living, performing, and studying in India over the past six years has directed the group towards a unique approach on music, encompassing eastern and western ideals, style, and culture to create a universal movement.  Their collective experiences and inspiration from their travels led them to the collaboration under the name Monsoon-Music which encompasses all of their musical and other activities and events. The festival is one of those cooperative efforts, as well as their various musical configurations and the Bhakti Music Scholarship.

MONSOON, formed in 2006, creates a unique blend of  contemporary jazz and Indian classical music. Their fresh approach to world music and the fusion of eastern and western musical traditions is greatly enhanced by their  accomplished musicianship and diverse musical backgrounds. Band members Jonathan Kay (bansuri & saxophones), Andrew Kay (saxophones, woodwinds & percussion), Justin Gray (acoustic & electric bass), Todd Pentney (piano & Keyboards), Adam Teixeira (drums & percussion), along with the guidance and expertise of virtuoso tabla and percussionist Ravi Naimpally, combine somewhat structured sounds and rhythms of India with the freedom and improvisation of modern jazz.


Near East is a trio featuring Ravi Naimpally (tabla), Ernie Tollar (sax/bansuri), and Demetrios Petsalakis (oud/guitar).  The trio brings together the rich traditions of the middle east and India. Using traditional forms as well as original pieces as a vehicle for improvisation, Near East weaves a rich tapestry of sound. The 2012 Indo-jazz Festival will be the first concert of this band

KAYOS THEORY is a Toronto group exploring the sonic realms of improvised and composed modern Indo-Jazz music.  Having a deep influence by the music, mysticism, and spirituality of India & the far East, the band performs music that represents a convergence of ideals and concepts, colours and emotions, and subtlety and raw expression.  Inspired by the life and music of John Coltrane and his attraction to Indian music and spirituality, the musicians of Kayos Theory have travelled and lived in India over the past six years, learning the music, culture, and mysticism of the East.  Led by Saxophone Brothers Jonathan & Andrew Kay, this group features some of Canada's most talented artists working together towards a collective vision of a creative musical consciousness.  Being inspired, young and talented pathfinders, Kayos Theory are exploring undiscovered realms and musical worlds which unite the spirit of the East with the creativity of the West in a never before realized synthesis of universal musical expression.

Experiments of Truth is a 10 part suite based on the philosophy and spirituality of India. The Suite acts as a musical vehicle for the translation and transference of these ancients systems of spiritual thought to the audience in the form of vibrations and collective resonance. Balanced perfectly between creative improvisation in western form and eastern melodies, the Suite's diverse elements create the ideal platform to feature the individuals and their collective effort as a unit.


Jonathan Kay, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones

Andrew Kay, Alto & Soprano Saxophones, & Percussion

Justin Gray, Upright & Electric Basses

Adam Teixeira, Drums, Cymbals, & Percussion

w/ Todd Pentney, Piano & Keyboards

& Derek Gray, African Percussion & Drums

Special Guest: David Mott, Baritone Saxophone



@ The Inner Garden, Downtown Toronto @ historic warehouse – 401 Richmond  St. W

TICKETS: $35 includes One Yoga Class + A Holistic Indian Lunch + A Wonderful Classical Indian Concert

For tickets and reservation please contact Shayna @

Presented by Live Young Nutrition and Monsoon-Music, this edition takes you on a tour of India from the South to the North! There will be Yoga for everyone, holistic South Indian cuisine prepared by Shayna Young and North Indian classical raga music featuring Ravi Naimpally ~ Tabla

w/ Monsoon Trio (Jonathan and Andrew Kay ~ Saxophones and Justin Gray ~ Bass Veena

Visit the Yoga Ahaar Sangeet webpage for a look at past events!  /

The Indo-Jazz Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council for this  upcoming event.

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