(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.