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Essentially a chance for the group to just jam. I checked my watch at some point during the tune and signalled to play it out, we made it with 40 seconds to spare or else I would’ve lost my deposit on the JLCH! The melody that occurs in the last few bars of the form is inspired by the North Indian “Mukhra”. The mukhra is the last melodic fragment of the first half (the “sthayi”) of a longer composition called a “gat”. In the performance of North Indian classical music the second half of the gat (the “antra”) is often omitted and only the mukhra is played to lead back to the beginning of the rhythmic cycle.


from Live at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, released September 1, 1998



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Paul Aitken London, Ontario

I'm a guitarist based in London, Ontario, Canada. I'm available for live work, recording sessions, creative consultations, and private lessons.

I play with Broomsticks & Hammers, Kevin's Bacon Train, Marty Kolls, Kevin Greene & the Awesome Sauce, and others.

BFA, Jazz Performance/Musicology (York)

MA, Music Criticism (McMaster)

PhD, Communications and Media Studies (Leeds).
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