Saved events

John McLaughlin

+ Ranjana Ghatak

John McLaughlin playing guitar

Influential jazz guitarist John McLaughlin reactivates his electric fusion quartet 4th Dimension, featuring keyboardist Gary Husband, bassist Étienne M'Bappé and drummer Ranjit Barot.

From work with Miles Davis in his ground-breaking fusion era, to landmark projects such as Mahavisnhu and Shakti, and collaborations with Carlos Santana and Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin paved the way for jazz-rock fusion. He’s one of the defining voices of the guitar of the past five decades, exploring blues, flamenco and Indian music.

Initiating the 4th Dimension project in 2010 marked his return to electric fusion. They’re a heavy-hitting, groove-focused ensemble, with rollicking percussion providing the perfect foundation for McLaughlin’s breakneck, high-octane, fuzz-toned fretwork.

London-born Indian singer Ranjana Ghatak opens the evening with Liran Donin and Jack Ross. Performing material from her upcoming album alongside songs by mystic poets Kabir and Meerabai as well as classical songs and prayers in Sanskrit.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Approximate set times:

7.30pm Ranjana Ghatak

8pm interval

8.30pm John McLaughlin

All times are approximate and subject to change

Produced by Serious


photo of shabaka hutchings

Barbican Sessions: Shabaka Hutchings

For our latest Barbican Session, one of the central figures of the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings performs an improvised piece on bass clarinet.

a great photo of kamasi washington playing jazz

Listen: Jazz on Spotify

Follow our regularly updated Jazz playlist for a sample of the music you'll hear across our programme. 

photo of carleen anderson singing

Watch: Barbican Session - Carleen Anderson

In this Barbican Session, Soul singer Carleen Anderson performs Before Me from her album 'Cage Street Memorial' in our conductor's dressing room.

Barbican Hall