A Sanskrit term that means “discourse”. Another meaning suggested for the word is “threads”. Sutras were originally oral traditions and designed to prompt the memory.
Sutra was born in September 2016 when drummer Iain Copeland put together the Scottish – Hungarian project: Barátok.
During that project a lot of experimentation occurred not only in the world/traditional idiom that the project was focussed on, but also the more improvisational side to the music, eloquently defined in the 2 tracks ‘Slow Mo’ and ‘Black Blues in Grey’. Both original compositions by band members. (Which can be heard on the Music page)
Now 4 of the, predominantly, jazz players in the Barátok project have come together to form Sutra.
A further exploration of some of the music and ideas they mutually collaborated on in Sept 2016.
The name Sutra fits very nicely into Zoltan’s background of his studies of Indian Classical Music for 11 years and also dovetails nicely into Copeland’s artist residency in 2011 in Sutherland where oral tradition was a large part of the research he carried out before writing and producing the solo album ‘A Northerly Land’ (which Malcolm was a part of as well).
Now the group of musicians is intent in bringing all the differing ‘threads’ from their collective experience together to form a new voice on the jazz circuit, focussed on exploration of soundscapes and ‘raga’ style improvisation with elements of traditional folk and jazz.