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The Calcutta-born (1964) trumpet player, improviser, and composer Rajesh Mehta currently resides in Berlin. Mehta has received international critical acclaim for being a "radically inventive" musician. He has dramatically extended the timbral, microtonal and percussive possibilities of the trumpet, integrated rare instruments such as the bass trumpet, the slide trumpet (a trumpet with valves and a trombone-like slide), and his self-designed "hybrid trumpet"- an innovation connecting multiple trumpets together via plastic tubing.. Mehta graduated from M.I.T where his musical mentor was Mark Harvey and then studied composition with Anthony Braxton at Mills College, California. Mehta is an active international artist who has toured and recorded in Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, and India with improvisers, contemporary music ensembles, north and south indian musicians. Mehta largely concentrates on developing his own own musical projects which include his solo program(CD:"A day in Benedict": Hermit Foundation), the Rajesh Mehta Collective 3+(CD: "Window Shopping":True Muze Records 1998) with Felicity Provan and Alan Purves, a trio with South Indian percussion master Trichy Sankaran and Arditti string quartet Cellist Rohan de Saram (CD: "Innovative Music Meeting" True Muze Records 2000) and his latest project the "Mehta-Metric Ensemble" (Rajesh Mehta: "Reconfigurations", Between the Lines Records 2000). Mehta is the co-founder of the New Music label, True Muze Records, Hamburg with reed player Vlatko Kucan and bassist Peter Niklas Wilson with whom he plays in the True Muze Allstars trio. Mehta has also been fascinated by the interaction between sound and movement, and has extensively collaborated with Dance- premiering his theatrical music-dance production "Monsoon" for 5 musicians and 4 dancers in 1998 in Amsterdam.

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