John Wubbenhorst and Facing East

John Wubbenhorst and Facing East


"A fresh new approach to East/West music". This is music deeply influenced by classical music from India with elements from jazz and world cultures. The rich melodies from the bansuri flute are integrated with bass, guitar/keyboards and 1st class world percussion(tabla/ghatam/kanjira,doumbek).


"Facing East" is a unique musical experience that draws from diverse world music influences. Founder John Wubbenhorst leads the group with his bansuri (North Indian flute) that he has honed with years of intense study from the great Indian maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia as well as his vast experiences with musicians around the world (such as Paul Horn, Jack DeJohnette, Victor Wooten, Anindo Chatterjee, Larry Coryell and others). Joining John are world class percissionist Ken Anoff and Steve Zerlin on bass. At times they have been compared to John McLaughlin's "Shakti" group or "Weather Report" or some of the sounds of Pat Metheny. But their sound is special to themselves and listening you'll feel the wide range of emotions from deeply meditative to dynamic and exhilerating, always played with impeccable class and taste. Take a listen or see the video on this site to feel first hand the world class world music of "Facing East". Available in duet, trio, quartet or quintet and often with special guests.


7 CDs have been released......"Facing East" and "Facing Beloved" explore the worlds of jazz fusion with a full quintet, featuring keyboards, guitar and bass along with traditional Indian percussion guests. "Baba Da's Great Tradition Fusion Orchestra" captures a live free improvisation session and "Bansuri Dreams" and "True Water" capture the bansuri with the unique world percussion of Ken Anoff. Hear clips at of from the EPK......

Extensive radio play on over 500 radio stations with press reviews from Billboard, Washington Post and throughou the country....

Set List

Facing East
Infectuoso Groovatissimo
Son of Groovatisimo
John Beyond

Irish Prelude
Irish Raga
Thayagaraji Kriti
No Mind
Continuous Celebration