Meet the band.

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Ravi Naimpally

Ravi studied the art of tabla playing in Mumbai and Kolkata, India. Having completed extensive training with his uncle Pandit Nikhil Ghosh and later with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ravi has been an active member of the Canadian world music scene for nearly 20 years. Over the past many years, Ravi has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and performed with many genres of music including Hindustani, jazz, folk, rock and world. For 12 years Ravi ledhis Indo-jazz group Tasa through several international tours and recordings that earned them an Urban Music Award. In 2011 Ravi received the Grant’s Desi Achievers Award for his contribution to the South Asian community in Canada.Ravi has performed with the Miles Davis Electric Band and tours internationally with Persian/Electronic band Niyaz. As a composer and performer, he contributes to So Long Seven and Near East, two Canadian world music ensembles as both a composer and performer. Ravi is on the faculty of music at Humber College and York University.

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Tim Posgate

Tim Posgate is a multi-instrumentalist who plays 5-string banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He has released 7 Cds of his own music. Most recently he has been part of the sophomore CD release Kala Kalo with world music ensemble So Long Seven. Tim has performed at all the major Canadian music festivals as well as performing at festivals in the the US of A, Sweden, Finland and Germany. He also tours and records with Ronley Teper's Lipliners, the Cluttertones and Collette Savard and the Savants.

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Neil Hendry

Neil Hendry is originally from Saskatoon and has been a resident of Toronto since late 2007. He received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in 1994 and left, in 1996, with a two-year certificate in performance. In between his time in Boston and his life in Toronto he has been performing professionally in various capacities. 1997 was spent in Brighton, England performing jazz with London’s Melissa James. This was followed by many performances and/or recordings throughout Canada with Urban Preacher, Rufus Harley, Wide Mouth Mason, Rhonda Stakich, The Neil Hendry Trio and many others. Neil studied with Charlie Banacos from 1997 to 2000 and is currently studying with, Celtic guitar wizard, Tony McManus. When not slinging chords with SL7 Neil can be found performing with Rhonda Stakich and Chloé Watkinson.

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William Lamoureux

William Lamoureux, from Gatineau, Québec, is a violin force to be reckoned with. Whether he's playing in a classical orchestra, in a rock or a country band, in a world music or jazz ensemble, William stands out for his remarkable stage presence, his charisma, his creativity and his excellent technique on the violin. William is involved in a number of musical projects including the Playground Project, the exciting Québec rock group, Billy Love Band, of which he is the founder, the pop-world band Really Big World, the Kalyna Rakel Group and the world music quartet So Long Seven. In addition, he is a featured artist at ONQ Live Entertainment and Bongo and B Entertainement in Toronto. A graduate of the Humber College bachelor of music program, William is also a singer, guitarist, mandolinist and ukulelist.

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So Long Seven is an audible garden where you didn’t realize you needed to escape to until you are there surrounded by the flora and fauna that is, Neil Hendry –guitar, William Lamoureux – violin Ravi Naimpally - tabla, and Tim Posgate- banjo.

 

So Long Seven creates space for self-reflection while enlivening and invigorating you. It challenges the conventional ideas of the boundaries and parameters that music industry categories impose. It is jazzy, funky and derives from various continents while not being shepherded into any particular place or flavour. In this respect, SL7 teaches us about bridging cultures without appropriating, seeing ourselves and our limitations as our own making while rediscovering the joy of music. This music collective brings deep rest because this sound garden is a life force needed now, more than ever.

 

Though Ravi ‘s humble nature emanates from the stage, he is a driving force in SL7 and a world (yes, world) renowned and revered tabla player. Tim Posgate is one of Toronto’s most respected banjo players which may sound like an oxymoron but in fact Tim’s versatility allows the listener to recognize their own deep appreciation for banjo. Oh sure, Tim can rip like the best of them, Trischka and Fleck come to mind. But he is so sneaky with his craft – winning any listener over. William Lamoureux is rumoured to be the great grandson of Stéphane Grappelli but if he isn’t I would be shocked. His violin playing is masterful and he is a weaver of magnificent threads. Neil Hendry would never tell you he is Berklee trained, because he is so solidly unassertive that way, but he just cannot be compared to any one because he simply is one the greatest guitar players Toronto has laid claim to since 2007.

 

In June 2017 during a hot summer in Toronto, So Long Seven (Neil Hendry/guitar, William Lamoureux/violin, Ravi Naimpally/tabla, Tim posgate/banjo) went into the historic Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton, a place founded by Daniel Lanois and used by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash and U2, to record their sophomore album. Producer Anthony Michelli pushed the band to creative heights and the result is an album of mostly instrumental music that is sophisticated, textured, energetic and altogether refreshing. So Long Seven’s ace guitarist Neil Hendry had this to say about working with Michelli, “he had a way of convincing us to try unexpected things that we were likely to have shied away from. I had no idea I’d be laying down electric guitar tracks on this recording.”. While there are some tracks that only feature the quartet, most of the 11 tracks have layers of percussion, strings, guitars and a few tracks feature the exquisite oud artistry of Demetri Petsalakis and Salif Sanou dit Lasso on kora, talking drum and fula flute. What stands out about Kala Kalo is that the happy vibe that surrounded the sessions comes across when you listen to the recording.