Wednesday, 12 October 2016
National Concert Hall
Tickets €20 – €50 from nch.ie
Waltons New School of Music's World Masters Series welcomes world-renowned sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar to Dublin for the first time.
Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in world music today. She is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, from the age of nine. Thriving as a composer, she has explored fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres, including flamenco, electronica, jazz and Western classical music. However, the ancient Indian classical form that was handed down from her father is always a central current running through her work.
For this concert, Anoushka will perform music from her acclaimed Land of Gold album (Deutsche Grammophon), her heartfelt response to the trauma and injustice being experienced by refugees and victims of war. Offering an uplifting message of hope for dark times, its music was inspired by recent news images of people fleeing civil war, oppression, poverty and unbearable hardship. Manu Delago, the Austrian percussionist and frequent collaborator of Björk, will perform on Hang drum and electronic percussion. Multi-instrumentalist Sanjeev Shankar will play the shehnai and tanpura. And Tom Farmer will play double bass and keyboards.
‘No one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar.’
– Nitin Sawhney
‘I am waiting for the time when I will be called Anoushka’s father…Anoushka has indeed a rare talent…there is something spiritual in the way she plays…she feels the music and gives in to it.’
– Ravi Shankar
‘Most people are musicians simply because they play a certain instrument; when they play that instrument, the music appears. But Ravi, to me, he is the music; it just happens to be that he plays the sitar. And it’s like that with Anoushka. She has that quality. She is the music.’
– George Harrison
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