Founded by Christian Paulin in Stockholm, Sweden in 1979, Mynta began by playing swing jazz and rock-influenced fusion jazz. Tabla maestro Fazal Qureshi was introduced to Mynta in 1985. This marked the beginning of Mynta’s transformation into a band specializing in a unique Fusion of Jazz with Swedish folk and Indian Classical, a Genre they coined “Nordic ice with Indian spice”.
In 2009, Mynta celebrated thirty years of making music. Through these 30 years, Mynta has been active in many realms, playing hundreds of concerts in festivals, jazz clubs, folk music gatherings, rock clubs and schools. Mynta has appeared in major festivals in Scandinavia, England, Scotland, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, USA, Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, Singapore, China and more than anywhere else, India, where Mynta is touring for the 6th time from Oct 13 -25, 2010. In each and every location, the public has reacted enthusiastically to Mynta’s unique and special “sound”.
To coincide with the 30 years celebration, MYNTA has just released it’s 12th Music album MEETINGS IN INDIA. It contains 15 new compositions, and with band members from 4 different continents, the album has a beautiful blend of Indian Classical, African and Latin American rhythms, Reggae, Arabian sounds and Swedish folk influences. The result is truly world-class world-music!
Meetings in India was recorded in three separate locations, partly in a studio in Stockholm, partly in a studio in Southern Sweden during a free day on their 2009 Swedish tour, and partly in a studio in Mumbai during Mynta’s 2008 India tour.
All of Mynta’s members are accomplished soloists. Most visible amongst them is Indian tabla-maestro Fazal Qureshi, the brother of the legendary Zakir Hussain. Violinist Santiago Jimenez hails from Havana, Cuba. Mynta provides the perfect setting for his virtuosity to blossom. Flautist Dallas Smith hails from Reno, USA. In addition to the silver flute, Dallas plays the clarinet, soprano sax, and the Indian bansuri.
The Swedish half of Mynta consists of the elegant guitarist Max Åhman, who composes much of Mynta’s music. Percussionist Sebastian Printz contributes many musical colors through a variety of instruments, such as the African djembe, Arabian darbouka, South American cajon, etc. Last but not least among Mynta’s six members is bassist Christian Paulin, who has been Mynta’s leader and founding member.
- World Fusion - Nordic Ice & Indian Spice