Liam Narain DeTar
Yaatri is an award winning five-piece art-rock/jazz crossover group formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of complex composition and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the momentum of the rhythms of India, immersive timbres of electronic music, and energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.
Yaatri have rapidly gained a reputation for being among the most forward-thinking and unique creative forces in the North of England. Combining the multicultural sounds of DeTar’s upbringing with psychedelic soundscapes, intricate arrangements and musicianship beyond their years, their music has been described by fans as emotionally transportive and capable of taking listeners to a higher spiritual place. Driven by lyrical melodies and propulsive grooves, Yaatri is compelled by the desire to push the boundaries of modern songwriting.
Supported by organisations such as Leeds Conservatoire, Manchester Jazz Festival, and Jazz North, their self-released debut EP ‘Reach’ has accumulated over 125k streams, been featured internationally in publications including Rolling Stone Magazine India, championed by the likes of Jazz FM’s China Moses and purchased on vinyl by fans in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Japan, the United States and Canada.
Following in the footsteps of artists such as Siweto Kinch and Roller Trio, Yaatri received the esteemed Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in November 2020, enabling them to collaborate with revered producer Sam Hobbs (Kefaya, Keeley Forsyth) on their debut album, Lucid. The ensemble’s recent releases have been on Jazz FM’s Playlist, were among Music Is My Sanctuary’s most popular exclusive premieres of 2021, and were broadcast internationally on shows including BBC Radio 1, BBC6, Jamz Supernova’s Selector Radio, Bandcamp Weekly, Soho Radio, Totally Wired, and more.