"While drummer-composers often feel a need to make their mark through a show of force, Jayaweera takes a more fanciful approach. Preferring blossoming expressions over bombast, he separates himself from the pack with 'Pistils'."
Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
new album Pistils
Apr 26, 2021
New Video Released on YouTube
Hirimbura from Rajiv Jayaweera's Album Release Show at Soapbox Gallery featuring Mark Turner just released on YouTube!→
Jan 24, 2021
BTR Today - The Jazz Hole Feature
Listen to Rajiv Jayaweera's full set from January, 2019 at Birdland Jazz Club in New York. For this show, his band featured Joel Frahm (saxophone), Eden Ladin (piano), Hugh Stuckey (guitar), and Rick Rosato (bass).→
Oct 1, 2020
Modern Drummer Interview
It’s atypical for a drummer-led debut to open with a contemplative, rubato tune shaded by hushed, minimal brushwork. But jazz drummer/composer Rajiv Jayaweera favors attention to sound and ensemble voice over bluster. On Pistils (Outside in Music), Jayaweera’s superb touch yields dancing interplay and dramatic dynamics, calling to mind..→
Aug 2, 2020
Review of "Pistils" from Jazz Trail
New York-based Sri Lankan/Australian drummer and composer Rajiv Jayaweera presents a wonderful set of original compositions on his commendable debut album, Pistils. Establishing a deep and intimate musical connection with the virtuosic members of the combo he leads - saxophonist Chris Cheek, pianist Aaron Parks, guitarist Hugh..→
Jul 21, 2020
The Australian - Five Star Review!
This is such a lovely album that it's difficult to know where to start. Drummer - percussionist Rajiv Jayaweera now lives in New York, where this album Pistils was recorded. Born in London of Sri Lankan parents, he grew up in Melbourne and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000.
His nine compositions on Pistils explore an array of contemporary time-feels and feature two Americans, Chris Cheek (saxophones) and Aaron Parks..→
Jun 12, 2020
New Album "Pistils" Out Now!!
Featuring Chris Cheek, Aaron Parks, Sam Anning, Hugh Stuckey and Lara Bello..→
Apr 6, 2020
New Release "Laniakea" Out Now!!
Laniakea is the new album from Trio Kleine Ahnung, a collaboration between guitarist Carl Morgan, bassist Sam Anning and drummer Rajiv Jayaweera.→