I'm a vocalist, saxophonist, flutist, and composer located in Toronto, Canada, by way of Boston and NYC. I've been playing professionally for over 20 years, and have been blessed to share the national and International stage with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Charles Tolliver, Billy Hart, Jim McNeely, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Terry Clarke, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, Anita O'Day, George Cables and others. I've had the good fortune to perform in Europe at several major jazz festivals and clubs and in Japan, South Africa, India, Canada and the USA. I'm looking forward to meeting with everyone and increasing my network of friends!
“A wonderful combination of vocals and very lyrical saxophone – employing a repertoire of classic standards, Sundar’s performance provide a truly pleasurable listening experience; shades of Chet Baker definitely come to mind.” Dave Liebman (Miles Davis, Chick Corea)
“From time to time there evolves an artist whose musical gifts are unmistakable. Such is the case with multi-reedist and composer Sundar Viswanathan. Creatively mixing the musical foundations of his birthplace of India and the modern Jazz artform, Sundar deftly intermingles each of his vignettes with engaging solos from himself and the well chosen musicians he assembled to perform his work… An authentic musical voice as a composer and improviser. By the way, his singing ability is as comparable.”
Charles Tolliver, The Charles Tolliver Big Band
“The first three tunes on this CD, Samsara, Moksha, and Ahimsa form ‘The Kanishka Suite.’ Andrew Downing (bass) sets up the jazz pulse on Samsara. Viswanathan, an adept saxophonist, changes that with an intense propel on soprano, his voice immersed in the intonation of the raga. Yet, there is that wider sphere for him to explore and he does that as he changes direction and brings in some swing…Viswanathan swings with abandon, turning quick imaginative curves that blister and burn…Viswanathan’s explorations of the two worlds should give enough cause to rejoice.” Jerry D’Souza, ALL ABOUT JAZZ.com, Jan. 25, 2008
“Experience truly stimulating contemporary world jazz here… Sundar's alto has a distinctive, edgy sound that often thrills with its imaginative ideas and crafty shape-shifting contours.” Geoff Chapman, TORONTO STAR, Aug. 17, 2006
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Vocalist, Saxophone, Other
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I heard your voice and your playing for 2 minutes on Jai Jai's player and am now a huge fan. Wonderful voice, beautiful music. Wishing you all the best and I hope I hear that you are coming to South Florida sometime soon!!
One of the best jazz concerts I've enjoyed in a long time. Your sense of humour and charm, your voice....I didn't know you scat...wow, it was a fantabulous evening, and I'm still humming Easy Living so many weeks later...
What a great live stream you did the other night broadcasting your CD release party here with us worldwide. Your band was phenomenal and you were superb. Pure excellence! The Jazz Network celebrates with you!
What beautiful music you have Sundar! Wow!
Sorry to just get back to you. I've been in survival mode (smile).
My capabilities to showcase artists has diminished greatly because of a change in format but I strongly suggest that you visit my page and then click on the Music Submit button. They have been instrumental in helping me get more airplay. www.laritashelby.com
Yours in music,
Nice to meet you. I was a judge for someone's senior recital at NYU a few years ago. Also I have taught a few students there as an adjunct professor. Good to hear from you. Keep up the good work.
Beautiful tracks man! Love the warm vocals, soulful sax and swinging arrangements. You're a triple threat! Hope to play together some time in town. Great to hear your music and to see you in this wonderful Jazz Network. Best of luck with your CD, and continued success and creativity. Cheers! Kathleen
Things are dead dead dead here. Larnell is amazing isn't he?
I know who the others are and their work but Iv'e never worked with them. I work with the old school guys mainly, Don Thompson,
Kelly Jefferson, Terry Clarke, Michele Donato, oh ... I love to work with a lot of guys there. Here I work with Bob Murphy, Ross Taggart, Miles Foxx Hill, Buff Allen, Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner etc. etc.
Again .... it's a treat to hear you
"Well... I don't like beer, I don't eat bacon, but I did play leigh hockey in my youth. Nevertheless, I'm new to this site and if someone would like to comment on some of my compositions I suppose we can start there! I have a third CD…"
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."