Zali Krishna is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/songwriter/bricoleur and multimedia artist with fingers in many pies and his head firmly in the clouds. He plays electric sitar with drone duo Raagnagrok, and digressive guitar with psych-prog landscapists Durga, as well as recording and performing solo under many noms de guerres: Entropy Circus, Krishna, The Benelux, Royal Free Electric, &c. In 2012 he has completed two download-only solo albums: Kingfisher Blue and Bremsstrahlung Sommerwind. They are both free, unpigeonholeable and he believes that you’ll probably quite like them.
His output is often genre-defying, existing in a space between psychedelia, jazz, glitch, light comedy, krautrock, skronk and whatever he feels like doing at the time. Every performance is different. It may jump-cut between plaintive songs of loss, free jazz and loop-based experimentation, or maybe just wig out hugely for a half hour at a time.
Krishna lives in an embarrassingly fashionable part of London with a stalwart of the London DIY post-punk scene, too many effects pedals and a skewed, oblique stream-of-consciousness that may be witnessed on Twitter.
Picture by Richard Guest
If one man can be said to have brought Indian music to the west, that man was Ravi Shankar.
If there is one thing that will give a band an unchallengeable advantage over their peers and win them the instant respect of the audience it’s a synth dude (or dudette) who has risen to the occasion and strapped on a keytar. You wear the ‘tar: you win. It’s that simple.