About Yosi

Yosi was born in Bombay, India and moved to the uk at the age of 3.

Went to Millfield School and then went to study a business diploma. Following that, he went to work in
his father’s business as a commodity broker in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 2 years Whilst there,
he learnt Portuguese and studied Brazilian music : Bossa nova, Samba, Frevo, Forro etc. He carried on in his father’s business for a further 2 years, and then left to to go to the London College of Music where he studied classical piano with Yonty Solomon. He gave several recitals in London churches as well as performing concertos with orchestra such as Rhapsody in Blue, Mozart Concerto no. 21 and Beethoven Concerto no.3. He was always interested in jazz, and played in function band, Milesahead, for a period of time, playing weddings, bar mitzvahs and other corporate events.

Yosi has studied a plethora of musical subjects, and went to do a PGCE in music at Kingston University
for a year, as well as a couple of years studying music for film and TV at Westminster College.

In 2005, Yosi formed the Indo-Fusion group, Ramajaz, and recorded 2 albums, Anjuna and Chennai Flamenco, forming a partnership with tabla supremo Sirish Kumar and working with great musicians such as Igor/Sarah duo, Mazaika, sax-players, Rob Lavers and Dimitri Vassilakis, sitar player Mehboob Nadeem and Indian violinist Sharat Srivastava. Vocalists Siri Svegler and Kate de Freitas.

Yosi toured India in 2009, playing at the Jaipur Literature Festival, gigs at the Blue Frog in Mumbai and Chennai.

In 2009, Yosi switched to saxophone and formed the Jazz latin fusion group, Momentum with Johnny P, Kate de Freitas and drummer, Lyn the Skin. He recorded 3 albums : What’s the Vibe?, Acton to New York and Singularity. Momentum plays all over London including the Pizza Express Pheasantry, and Holborn, the Spice of Life, Soho,  Jazz Cafe Posk, the Bull’s Head in Barnes and Charlie Wright’s Jazz Club, Hoxton.

Currently, Yosi plays with Momentum in a various line-ups, and they have recorded their 3rd album, What’s the Vibe?Momentum is always evolving, fusing diverse styles : reggae, ska, jazz, flamenco, tango, funk, blues and indo-jazz.

Yosi also teaches piano and saxophone at 6 schools : International School of London, Addison Primary School, Gunnersbury Catholic School, St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, St Mary’s C of E Primary School and Waldegrave School Saturday Centre.  He organises events such as silent movies, which he accompanies. Last year he organised the music for an Indian evening at the International School of London, and superb sarangi/vocalist, Amrit Kaur Lohia performed Punjabi folksongs alongside her brother, Taj on tablas. Yosi was playing Bansuri bamboo flute.

Yosi also organises workshops in schools on sax , incorporating his band.

In addition, Yosi is part of dance band, The Viski Collective with vocalist Lonette Charles, Paul Viski, Johnny P and Caroline Cooper. They play regularly at the Lord Nelson in Brentford, the Pelly Club in Buckhurst Hill and the Ealing Park Tavern.

If Yosi sounds crazy-busy, he is also a part-time qualified level 3 tennis coach, and coaches at the Park Club, Acton.