Though McLaughlin has led two of the most historic, ground-breaking groups of the past 45 years in The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, none of his groups has lasted as long—at least continuously—as The 4th Dimension.
Recordings such as Now Here This (Abstract Logix, 2012) and To The One (Abstract Logix, 2010) have established The 4th Dimension as one of the most important working units of McLaughlin’s career. With a live album, The Boston record (Abstract Logix, 2014) due for mid-March release McLaughlin is clearly keen to document the band’s searing live performances.
With drummer Ranjit Barot, keyboardist Gary Husband, bassist Etienne Mbappe making up the quartet, McLaughlin has assembled a truly electrifying ensemble.
The final concert of the Asian tour will take place in the Ramallah Culture Palace, in the Palestinian Territories, a short journey from Jerusalem. This concert is in solidarity with Al Mada, a pioneering organization that uses music and art as therapy for traumatized children and adults alike. The concert marks a swift return to Ramallah for McLaughlin following Remember Shakti’s groundbreaking concert there in 2012.
Full John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension 2014 Asian tour itinerary: 11/03 Mosaic Festival, Singapore; 13/03 Hong Kong Arts Festival Hong Kong; 16/03 Sofitel Sunset Pavilion, Manila, Philippines; 18/03 M-Theatre Hall, Bangkok, Thailand; 20/03 Mapo Arts Center, Seoul, Korea; 22/03 Blue Note, Nagoya, Japan; 23-26/03 Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan; 29/03 The One Club, Beijing, China; 01/04 Shanghai Culture Square, Shanghai, China; 04/04 Music Academy, Chennai, India; 05/04 St.Andrews Aud, Mumbai, India; 09/04 Ramallah Cultural Palace, Palestine.