Award: Peter Whittingham Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Location: Leeds College of Music

Website: yaatrimusic.co.uk

Yaatri is a five-piece art-rock/jazz crossover group formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of complex composition and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the momentum of the rhythms of India, immersive timbres of electronic music, and energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.

Led by guitarist and composer Liam Narain DeTar, Yaatri rapidly gained support and funding from Leeds College of Music’s Artist Development Program, Jazz North’s Introduces scheme and Manchester Jazz Festival’s Hothouse. They have performed extensively around the UK, including opening 2020’s Liverpool International Jazz Festival supporting London heavyweights Cykada. Their debut single, ‘Waiting on the Sun’, launched to the packed Mechanic’s Hall at Marsden Jazz Festival in October 2019, was dubbed “pretty much perfect” by BBC Introducing West Yorkshire’s Alan Raw and named one of the best ‘Future Jazz Tracks of 2019” by 45 x RPM. Yaatri’s independently released debut EP ‘Reach’ was featured internationally in publications such as Rolling Stone India and has been streamed over 70k times, with vinyl copies having been sold to fans in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, Germany, the United States and Canada. Their debut album is currently underway and set to release in mid 2021.
Help Musicians will be funding the mixing and mastering of our debut LP, as well as the creation of supporting content such as artwork, animations, live videos and vinyl to support the release.