about us

Ragleela is an award-winning music ensemble fusing the rich heritage of Indian Classical Music with jazz, blues, and world influences.

Their virtuosic performances have inspired and enraptured audiences across North America. The sitar casts a spell over densely woven guitar patterns… Lush clarinet lines and the richness of Indian tablas groove with double-bass.
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“Ragleela’s audacious music surprises at every turn. » – Montreal International Jazz Festival
« …memorable melodic hooks, subtle nuances that slowly but surely invigorate the listener. 8/10 – Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror
« A sacred musical jewel not to be missed. » – Kory Goldberg, Ascent Magazine
Band members biographies
Uwe Neumann

UWE NEUMANN

SITAR and SANSA

Uwe's BIO
Recipient of the Ravi Shankar Memorial Award, Uwe Neumann is an ambassador of Indian Classical music and culture. Undergoing 10 years of full time training with sitar maestro Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya, Uwe received a Masters degree from the Indian (…)
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Recipient of the Ravi Shankar Memorial Award, Uwe Neumann is an ambassador of Indian Classical music and culture. Undergoing 10 years of full time training with sitar maestro Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya, Uwe received a Masters degree from the Indian University in Shantiniketan. He has been receiving advanced training from Sri Partha Bose since 2009. Since founding Ragleela in 1990, Uwe has performed at major classical and world-music events across India. On December 31st, 1999 Ragleela performed a televised Millennial concert on the shores of the river Ganges. Guests of honour included the H.H. Dalai Lama, Indian Prime Minister and a live audience of over 10,000 spectators. Uwe arrived in Canada in the year 2000 and has been sharing the treasures of this music at more than 200 concerts. Highlights include the International Jazz Festivals of Montreal and Quebec, Le Festival Musique Multi (Montreal), Rhythms of the World Festival (Victoriaville), Diversity, and Starbelly Festivals (BC)… The East-Meets-West Concert Series (Concordia University), and The Asian Heritage Festival. Aside from his work with Ragleela, Uwe has also collaborated with Sitaria, NoEMi, Adam Shaik, tabla virtuoso Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, and Kathak-dancer Akram Khan to name a few.
Shawn Mativetsky

SHAWN MATIVETSKY

VERSATILE PERCUSSIONIST

Shawn's BIO
Shawn Mativetsky is a versatile percussionist and active ambassador of the tabla, offering lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. He holds a Master’s Degree in music, and is a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the (…)
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Shawn Mativetsky is a versatile percussionist and active ambassador of the tabla, offering lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. He holds a Master’s Degree in music, and is a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares tabla gharana. Shawn also teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University and composes/performs music for dance and theatre.
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JEAN-MARC HÉBERT

GUITAR

Jean-Marc's BIO
Jean-Marc Hébert studied classical guitar at the University of Toronto. He has been working with Ragleela since 2000, playing a major role in the arrangements with his astounding sense of harmony. He also has toured and recorded extensively with his (…)
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Jean-Marc Hébert studied classical guitar at the University of Toronto. He has been working with Ragleela since 2000, playing a major role in the arrangements with his astounding sense of harmony. He also has toured and recorded extensively with his group, Skalène, as well as producing albums for artists such as Caroline Dufour.
Cedric Dind-Lavoie

CEDRIC DIND-LAVOIE

DOUBLE-BASS

Cedric's BIO
Cedric studied double-bass at the Université de Montréal. He has been active on the Montreal music scene since his early twenties. His strong affinity for West African music has led him to perform with artists such as Prince Diabaté, Balla Tounkara and (…)
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Cedric studied double-bass at the Université de Montréal. He has been active on the Montreal music scene since his early twenties. His strong affinity for West African music has led him to perform with artists such as Prince Diabaté, Balla Tounkara and Lilison Di Kinara. He is also a long-time collaborator with Alpha Thiam, Kabakuwo and Bolo Kan. Cédric divides his time between the stage and studio, creating soundtracks for multi-disciplinary projects. From time to time, you might also see him on stage with Jorane, Alejandra Ribera or Yves Lambert and his Bébert Orchestra.
Guillaume Bourque

GUILLAUME BOURQUE

CLARINET

Guillaume's BIO
Guillaume has studied classical clarinet at the Conservatoire de musique and Université de Montréal. He is a founding member of the group, Sagapool (ex-Manouche), as well as the Ironico Orkestra Duo, with whom he has recorded numerous albums and (…)
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Guillaume has studied classical clarinet at the Conservatoire de musique and Université de Montréal. He is a founding member of the group, Sagapool (ex-Manouche), as well as the Ironico Orkestra Duo, with whom he has recorded numerous albums and performed at jazz and world music festivals across Canada. He frequently participates in recordings for film and TV, collaborating with composers and filmmakers such as Robert M Lepage, Jean Derome and Érik West-Millet. Guillaume is also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Chorum, the Bomata Trio, and the group Absinthe.
A great and exotic experience of total expression.
Ragleela was founded in 1990 by sitar maestro, Uwe Neumann. After moving from India to Montreal in 2000, he was joined by guitarist, Jean-Marc Hébert, and tablist, Shawn Mativetsky. And so Ragleela was reborn.
A dynamic and moving spiritual experience.
Ragleela literally means the Leela (cosmic dance) of the Ragas…. or “the gathering of distinct personalities singing and dancing together to keep the planet rolling.
Two of our Albums