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

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Recipient of the Ravi Shankar Memorial AwardUwe 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 Bachelors and Masters degree from the Indian University in Shantiniketan. He has been receiving advanced training from Sri Partha Bose since 2009.(…)

 

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Since founding Ragleela in 1990, Uwe has performed at major classical and world-music events across India. On December 31st, 1999 he performed a Millennial concert on the shores of the river Ganges in Benares. Guests of honor included H.H. the Dalai Lama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 400 concerts. Highlights include the International Jazz Festivals of Montreal and Quebec, Cultural Festival in Zacatecas, Mexico, International Theater Festival in Sibiu, Romania, Collingwood Music Festival, Sunfest and Summerfolk in Ontario, Festival des Traditions du Monde in Sherbrooke, with the Symphony Orchestra of World Musicians in Montreal, the Festival Musique Multi Montreal, Diversity, Starbelly, Vancouver Folk- and Artswells Festivals in BC…

Aside from his work with Ragleela, Uwe has also performed with his Indian classical group Sitaria, playing with E. Shankar, Jagjit Singh, Shawn Mativetsky, Hindole Mazumder, Subhen Chatterjee, Debasish Das, Subhajyoti Guha and Partha Sarathi Mukherjee on tablas.
His other musical projects are as diverse as the Dreamtree Project with Adham Shaikh (electronic dub fusion), NoEMi with Saxphone player Francois Carrier, with Kathak-dancer Akram Khan, with the Cirque du Soleil for the album Kooza and his solo act Uwesthan.

 

Shawn Mativetsky

SHAWN MATIVETSKY

VERSATILE PERCUSSIONIST

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Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada’s leading exponents of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Called an “exceptional soloist” by critic Réjean Beaucage, WholeNote’s Andrew Timar adds that “as a leading disciple of the renowned [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, he has serious street cred.”(…)

 

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Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011. He is member of Ragleela since 2010 and recorded on Ragleela’s CD “Deepchandi bleu”.

 

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JEAN-MARC HÉBERT

GUITAR

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Jean-Marc Hébert has studied classical guitar at the university in Toronto from 1980-1987 and concentrates on instrumental composition. He is co-founder of the music group Skalène, with whom he already recorded three albums.  (…)

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He performed with this group all over Quebec and on the international scene in Vancouver, New York, Chicago and Vienna.
He shared the stage with many artists of the world music and jazz scene like Lilison, Said Mesnaoui, Catherine Potter and collaborated on several albums with Ernesto Dabo, Lavanya Narasiah, Caroline Dufour and the group Labess.

He also founded his own group in 2007 and with his CD ” L’autre” with more jazzy accents he worked with the greats of the Quebec Jazz scene like Frédérique Allarie, Mariane Trudel, Pierre Tanguay, Normand Guilbeault and others.

Jean-Marc Hébert is working with Ragleela since 2000 and takes a major role in the new arrangements of the compositions with his astounding sense of harmony and plays on three Ragleela CD’s.

Cedric Dind-Lavoie

CEDRIC DIND-LAVOIE

DOUBLE-BASS

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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. (…)

 

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Cédric is also a long-time collaborator with Alpha Thiam, Kabakuwo and Bolo Kan. He 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

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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.(…)

 

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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, the group Absinthe and Ragleela.

 

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