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Published on August 2nd, 2013

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A concert for Indo-European chamber music

Musicians Jarry Singla, Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Vinayak Netke and Hindol Deb come together for a concert today at Ravindra Natya Mandir.
by Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

This is a concert lovers of classical Indian and European music cannot miss. It features four excellent musicians, and a fusion of Indian and European melodies for an unforgettable evening of chamber music.

“Inspired by the encounter of Indian and European culture, the artists go beyond hitherto existing musical boundaries. Elaborately ornamented melodies of Indian vocal art reverberate with the piano´s melodic outlines, whilst the sitar and the double-bass create new forms of “stringed dialogues”. Indian and western improvisational concepts stimulate each other, and original compositions based on the tradition of European polyphony are enriched by the melodic qualities of the tabla. Harmonic progressions act as an inspiring challenge for the voice and the sitar. The cooperation of the five artists leads to a creation of fresh, subtle and exciting sounds, which I would like to call “Contemporary Indo-European Chamber Music”.

– Jarry Singla

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, the Arts Foundation of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia initiated an ‘Artist-in-residence’ programme that promotes an exchange of artists. Currently, the Indo- German pianist and composer Jarry Singla is residing in Mumbai. In his original music, the Indo-German pianist and composer combines European musical traditions not only with a variety of jazz-styles, but also with classical and folk music drawn from non-European musical cultures.

Only shortly after his arrival in Mumbai, Jarry had the chance to start working with three of the finest Indian musicians based in the city: vocalist Sanjeev Chimmalgi, tabla-player/composer Vinayak Netke and sitar-virtuoso Hindol Deb.The four musicians will be joined by Jarry Singla’s longtime musical companion Christian Ramond, a highly acclaimed double-bass player from Cologne who is highly in demand all over Europe.

Apart from Mumbai, the quintet will perform in Pune and Chennai.

The concert is free and open to all. Head to Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, at 7 pm today.

(Picture courtesy Max Mueller Bhavan)

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