Taking the western idea of the string quartet and transporting it to North India, Altered Boundaries pushes at the limits of contemporary Indian classical music. The standard 2 violins, viola and cello are replaced with 2 sitars, sarod and sarangi, creating a new sound that plays with polyphonic textures and combines familiar aspects of Indian music such as raga with new elements including counterpoint, harmony and ensemble.
Acclaimed musician Jonathan Mayer (main sitar) is joined by highly skilled and accomplished Indian classical musicians William Rees Hofmann on sarod, Sky Award winning artist Jasdeep Singh on second sitar and Surjit Singh on sarangi for this stunning work. The son of Kolkata composer John Mayer, Johnathan has performed across a range of genres, with artists including The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anup Jalota and Sir Paul McCartney. Jasdeep, who is from Leeds, has recently been commissioned by Opera North to create a new concerto for Sitar and orchestra.
This is a must see event for fans of western and Indian classical music alike.
Like the majority of shows at Kala Sangam, Altered Boundaries is Pay What You Decide, which means tickets can be booked in advance as usual but there is no obligation to pay until you have seen the show.
Jonathan Mayer said, ‘I have always wanted to create an Indian string quartet. I was really happy with the end result and every time we play it we become more comfortable with the idea of playing as an ensemble. North Indian classical music is fundamentally soloistic and so bringing four solo musicians together and playing what is written is the challenge.’
Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said ‘Kala Sangam is the home of World Music in Bradford. I’m delighted to be kicking off our 2020 performance programme with an evening of music that presents the very best Indian Classical music has to offer, in a new, exciting way. It’s also a real pleasure to welcome Jonathan and his team of amazing musicians to the City. Whether you’ve got a lifelong love of Indian Classical music, or want to try out something new – risk free with our Pay What You Decide tickets – I think it’s going to be an amazing evening not to be missed.’
The event also includes a post-show discussion, where audiences will have the opportunity to hear from the musicians and ask any burning questions.
Tickets for Altered Boundaries (on Thursday 06 February at 7.30pm) now on sale, to book visit www.kalasangam.org or call the Box Office on 01274 303340.