Inner Circle Entertainment is proud to present its first production for 2015, RAGA ECSTASY, featuring the sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee live in concert accompanied by the ace tabla player and producer Talvin Singh from the UK. Raga Ecstasy is a double bill concert of Indian Classical Music and Fusion Music.
Purbayan’s music is inspired by the sound of the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style and a contemporary touch of his own urbane sensitivity. Purbayan is recipient of the President of India award for being the Best Instrumentalist of the country at the age of 15.
Purbayan has performed in many prestigious venues in his international career spanning 25 years including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus Berlin, Esplanade Theatre, Theatre de la Ville. He has performed at Bath International Music Festival, Brighton Festival, WOMAD, International Music Symposium in Germany, Millennium Festival WDR Koln in Germany, The Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia, and World Music Festival in Chicago. Purbayan is also a founder member of Raga Afrika, the first musical collaboration between India and South Africa which fuses the genres of Indian Classical Music and Afro Jazz. Raga Afrika debuted at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town in 2004.
He has conceptualised the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate – the first Indian Classical Band with a contemporary touch. Purbayan has designed the “Dwo” which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar. Dwo is a manifestation of the contemporary, urbane personality of his music. Purbayan’s music has been equally appreciated by jazz greats and has performed many times with tabla stalwart Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Talvin Singh was born in London. His upbringing in a vibrant and multi-cultural city and the sacred heritage of Indian classical and folk music provided an inspiring background. His tastes ranged from Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Alla Rakha to local bands like The Jam. At age 15 Talvin became a disciple of the great academic and musician Lachman Singh Seen of Punjab. After spending an initial 3 years learning he returned to London with a life long endeavour in mastering his instrument and upholding the traditions of the Punjab Gharana.
Talvin is a producer, composer and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass. Singh is generally considered involved with an electronica sub genre called Asian Underground, and more recently as Indian and/or Asian electronica. After collaborating with Siouxsie and the Banshees and Björk in the early 1990s, Singh released his debut album “OK” which received the Mercury Music Prize in 1999. Singh has since collaborated with a variety of acts including Madonna and Massive Attack.
It is indeed a great privilege to present Talvin Singh in his maiden South African tour that is sure to leave local audiences spellbound.
- Sunday 29 March 2015
- The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City at 5pm. To book for the concert, click here.
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Raga Ecstasy is produced and presented by Inner Circle Entertainment, the premier producer of Indian Classical music concerts in South Africa.
Some of its previous productions include Raga Fantasy featuring Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, RAF (Rakesh Chaurasia and Friends live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival), Ragas of the Desert (with Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), Celebration of Sitar (with Ustad Shujaat Khan), Celebration of Santoor (with Pt Shivkumar Sharma and Rahul Sharma), Ragas of Romance (with Rakesh Chaurasia and Tarun Bhattacharya), Jagjit Singh Live in South Africa, Raga Afrika, Two Shades of Raga (with sitar genius Ustad Shahid Parvez and flautist Rupak Kulkarni), and Three Shades of Raga with Pandit Jasraj, violinist Kala Ramnath, and sarodist Ken Zuckerman.