Shanti Jayasinha is a highly sought after Jazz and World multi-instrumentalist and an extremely experienced educator.
Based in London since 1986, he has worked in all types of musical situations at the highest level in the Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, African, other World music fields. As a trumpeter he has worked in Reggae, Soca, Congolese, Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian bands, also as MD, arranger and composer. He met legendary Cuban pianist Frank Emilio Flyn in Havana and worked with him in Cuba and in European Festivals, as well as playing with Ruben Gonzalez and Cachaito from the Buena Vista Club and with Chocolate Armenteros in New York. On the London scene he has worked with Jyotsna Srikanth, John Mayer’s Indo-Jazz Fusions, Gregori Schechter’s Klezmer Festival Band, Kuljit Bhamra, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland and Courtney Pine. On the folk scene he has recorded on Karen Tweed’s ‘May Monday’ with Finnish and Swedish folk musicians, Bill Jones (3 albums) and worked with a variety of Irish and Scottish folk musicians including at Salsa Celtica.
Cello credits include recording on Linsday Cooper’s ‘Sahara Dust’, Mônica Vasconcelos’ ‘Nois’, touring with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra, Mulatu Astakte, Adriana Vasques, Clare Foster, and his own Brazil Cello Trio.
As an educator, he is on the staff at London’s Centre for Young Musicians. He also works extensively around the South and East of England creating world music projects in schools. He was in the team that developed the ABRSM Jazz horns syllabus and has music published with the ABRSM and OUP (Trumpet Globetrotters) as well as a CD ‘Round Trip’ on the Candid label.