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 was brought together by community, and in turn, brings community together. With unique instrumentation (guitar, banjo, tabla, violin and vocals) and richly textured orchestration, the diverse influences of the group not only span culture, but generation too – they cover four decades in age, with a member in each (i.e. 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.)

Their sophomore album, ‘Kala Kalo’ translates to “black” in both Hindi and Romani, respectively. It refers to those who have been rejected – in other words, the black sheep of the family. ‘Kala Kalo’ is a dedication to anyone who has ever felt ostracized be it in a grander political framework or simply on a personal and community level.  With this sentiment in mind, Tim Posgate says:

“In some ways we are all so different. Early beginnings were Toronto, Saskatoon, Gatineau and Thunder Bay. We are like cats and we all like cats. (‘Cairo’ is written for Neil's cat by that name.) We all love music. We often play and compose for each other with great mutual respect. Trying to challenge, push and inspire each other to bring-forth a high-energy stage show. Most of our time together on the road and at rehearsal is filled with laughter!”