FIGURA AND INDIA TODAY
|Prakash Sontakke, Adarsh Shenoy K and Helene Gjerris at The Royal Danish Library's Concerthall· 27th november 2012 · 20pm|
Traditional and innovative music
The Indian musician and vocalist Prakash Sontakke and the talented tabla player Adarsh Shenoy K will be performing with an extended FIGURA Ensemble and mezzo soprano Helene Gjerris at this event.
Prakash Sontakke has both improvised and composed music and previously worked with Norwegian musicians with great success. This is a musician who embraces and understands western music. Prakash Sontakke, like the Danish composers Anders Brødsgaard and Peter Bruun from FIGURA, will compose something for FIGURA, and the Indian ensemble, consisting of Prakash Sontakke and Adarsh Shenoy.
Indian "classical" music is historically and culturally a highly developed musical tradition, having left its mark on American and European music history over the last 50 years – on everything from the Beatles to Stockhausen. On the contemporary Indian music scene, the music played is often written and performed by the musician himself. Large parts of Indian music is also improvised and performed without sheet music. Though the music is still somehow defined by rules set from classical Indian music, a very sophisticated form of music often learned from many years of apprenticeship. The FIGURA Ensemble, on the other hand, generally plays music composed based on classic western traditions. However, FIGURA has for many years now also worked with both improvisation and music based on worldly traditions, such as Arabic and Chinese.
The FIGURA Ensemble includes:
• Helene Gjerris (Singer - Mezzo soprano)
• Thomas Strønen (Percussion)
• Peter Fuglsang (Saxophone, clarinets)
• Torben Snekkesten (Saxophone)
• Anna Klett (Clarinets)
• Jesper Egelund (Double bass)
• Frans Hansen (Percussion)
The concert will take place in 'Dronningesalen' at the Royal Dansih Library in Copenhagen on 27th of November 2012.
The purpose of India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow is to link people in India and Denmark by promoting exchange of culture, science and trade between the two countries.
The concert is supported by The Bestseller Fund and The Center for Culture and Development.
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