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London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings rare Ragas

PUBLISHED: 15:30 29 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 20 February 2013

London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings rare Ragas

London Sitar Ensemble and World Strings rare Ragas

Following their sell-out concert at the South Bank in 2009, the Mercury Theatre is delighted that GDS promotions will showcase the Ensemble for the first time as part of Explore Culture One World Festival.

with kora artist Tunde Jegede and young cellist James Barralet

Tuesday 22 June 2010 at 7.30pm, Mercury Theatre, Colchester CO1 1PT

Box Office 01206 573948 Tickets 10.50/ 13.00/ 14.00/ 15.00

Book online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Following their sell-out concert at the South Bank in 2009, the Mercury Theatre is delighted that GDS promotions will showcase the Ensemble for the first time as part of Explore Culture One World Festival.

The London Sitar Ensemble (LSE) is a lively new ensemble of sitar artists established under the artistic directorship of Sanjay Guha. It presents innovative programmes featuring the best of sitar compositions and arrangements of the Senia Maihar Gharana (tradition). Its aim is to promote and preserve the rich heritage of Indian music to a wider audience throughout the UK, via live performances. The Ensemble is a unique cross cultural collaboration between kora artist Tunde Jegede and young cellist James Barralet. The combination of sitar, kora, cello and tabla lends itself to an exceptionally beautiful blend of rare indian traditional ragas with western classical music. Also featuring Puish Kumar on tabla.

Tunde Jegede is a composer and multi instrumentalist who is uniquely placed between the worlds of contemporary classical, african and popular music. He is a prolific kora artist, percussionist, song writer and has worked across several genres.

James Barralet is one of the top young cellists of his generation. An open minded musician with a rare gift for communication through his instrument, James is passionate about Bach and Shostakovich as well as Hindustani Ragas and Hungarian folk music. Winner of the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award in 2008, James has collaborated with the LSE and other indian musicians like Sanker Chowdhury.

Sanjay Guha is the Artistic Director of LSE. A Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, Sanjay heads the Sitar Department of the Bhavan Centre, London the biggest Indian Cultural Institute in the UK. He is an outstanding musician and composer and a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Deepak Choudhury. Sanjay is a recipient of a large number of international awards.

Footnotes to the Editor:

The Explore Culture : One World festival promises an 8 month explosion of cultural activity. Further information from Essex County Arts Development and www.oneworldfestival.org.uk

GDS promotions is run by local Music Lover Gilda Sebastian

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