Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist and Composer.
“ Dynamic, strikingly innovative and full of soul. His culturally rich background and his vibrant personality are clearly reflected in all of his compositions. “ – A. De Toro author of “Los Colores de un sueno”
Having studied several instruments from percussion to woodwind, from North England to North India, the Punjab to Cuba, Ràjveer emerges fully formed with his own unique sound, in full command of his craft, his identity and musical expression. His ability to improvise and innovate within melody or rhythm brings an effortless balance of western feel ornamented with the colour and spirit of the east, coupled with his conscious lyrics and expressive voice makes for a brilliantly unique and original sound.
At 9 years of age Ràjveer became a disciple of tabla maestro Ustad Faiyaaz Khan, who began his vigorous training in North Indian Classical Music. Having already been exposed to the spiritual music in the temples he would visit as a child, Ràjveer whole-heartedly gave up his free time to practice. More than often staying in at home and practicing for hours after and before school, as he explains: “ My Tabla was my best friend, rhythm was always in me and I would often get told off in class for tapping on tables or not sitting still. All I wanted to be as a child was a great musician”.
At age eleven, having no former western classical music training and only basic knowledge of Indian classical rhythm, Ràjveer was invite to audition at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester, UK where he was granted a scholarship to study western orchestral percussion and piano as a second study.
During this time he featured in various master classes alongside the likes of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Trumpeter Derek Watkins of the James Bond and Star Wars Films and famed percussionist Birger Sulsbruck, Paul Clavis and others. As a percussionist in the Chetham’s Orchestra he toured all over England and was requested to perform Tabla solo for Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip. At the age of sixteen he discovered the Bansuri (Indian bamboo-flute) and felt captivated by its sound. He explains: “ The flute is something mystical, from the first moment I saw it, I was captivated by its simplicity and how through a piece of hollow bamboo one could create and express so much ”.
Being a self-taught flautist Ràjveer was invited to study the instrument at the Rotterdam World Music Conservatory and then went on to further his musical journey under the tutelage of the world-renowned flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in Mumbai, India.
Additionally Ràjveer always continued to expand his knowledge of musical cultures from around the globe thus he traveled to Lahore, Pakistan to learn about the tradition’s of Punjab folk music and
more so the mystic music of Qawwali, studying with several teachers including tabla icon Dildaar Hussain of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Party.
During his stay in Lahore Ràjveer was given an honoree invite to visit several Sufi mystic shines in which Sufi drumming played a vital part in the spiritual practices. Here he had the opportunity to spend time with some of the last living mystic-drummers of their culture and he uses these influences of mysticism greatly in his music. After returning to the UK, he subsequently began his vocal training under Pt. Yashpaul, one of the last living exponents of the Agra School of Indian classical vocal music and Bhai Ghulam Muhammad Chand, a descendant of the medieval Rababis, whose ancestors performed the spiritual hymns of the Sikhs at The Golden Temple in Amritsar for centuries.
2015 followed the release of Ràjveer’s first instrumental solo album entitled Qalaam, Spiritual Poetry set to Music: a collection of songs based on the mystic poetry of the subcontinent, spanning seven hundred years of tradition. The album captures the magic of the live and pure elements of the Bamboo Flute and Acoustic Guitar and is amongst one of very few albums of its kind. Based on the theme of this album Ràjveer toured throughout the UK giving live performances, culminating with a performance at Manchester’s International Festival 2015.
In 2016, Ràjveer focused all his attention to singing and songwriting, as he explains: “ I love to play the flute and drums and through playing them, I’m able to channel so much from above but I feel in my soul that now is the right time for me to spread a clear and conscious message for our world, that is why I have put singing and songwriting and the forefront of my musical life ”.
“Gathering sounds and inspiration from cultures of the world, being open to all musicality, the music comes through me, which is limitless and which is for all. “