To use a cliche, “East meets West” as vocalist Najma Akhtar teams up with guitarist Gary Lucas to perform songs from their critically acclaimed album 'Rishte', at St. John the Baptist’s Church in Coventry on Friday 16th July 2010.
Gary Lucas may play as part of a band called Gods and Monsters, but some of his best known work has been through collaborating with angels - to many, he is known for co-writing the soaring title track of Jeff Buckley’s classic 1994 album "Grace". Lucas’ collaboration with renowned vocalist Najma Akhtar, whose seven solo recordings have fused jazz and Indian Ghazals to startling effect, came from Lucas’ admiration of Akhtar’s second solo record, Atish, and her performance with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on ‘Battle of the Evermore’ on their famous MTV Unplugged appearance. In creating Rishte, they have created something that not only breaks new ground sonically, but spans geographical and cultural divides through the universal language of music.
Beyond Rishte, Lucas and Akhtar have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most exciting music with other collaborators. As well as the aforementioned Gods and Monsters, Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Alabama 3, and was voted one of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’. Akhtar has sang on songs by Basement Jaxx, Andy Summers (The Police), Jah Wobble, and performed live with jazz legend Nina Simone.