Orlando Consort with Kuljit Bhamra, Jonathan Mayer and Shahid Khan

Orlando Consort with Kuljit Bhamra, Jonathan Mayer and Shahid Khan

‘Mantra – Musical Conversations across the Indian Ocean (London première)’

A unique concert as part of the City of London Festival.

This concert is the product of an unlikely collaboration: a vocal quartet schooled in the arts of western medieval and Renaissance sacred music, and trio of British Asian musicians noted for their brilliant and imaginative interpretations of traditional and modern Indian styles. Our inspiration comes from 500-year old precedent: the magical and evocative encounter of Iberian and Indian music in the early decades of the 16th century.

Portuguese missionaries first arrived in Goa, on the Indian subcontinent’s south-west coast, in 1510. But it was the newly-founded Jesuit order that most actively pursued a conscious policy to win converts to Christianity through the power of music. The missionaries actively encouraged local people to bring their own instruments into church, and enthusiastically re-set popular local tunes with Catholic texts. They were also deeply impressed by the sophisticated culture of the great courts of India. No records have yet emerged that give a precise picture of the music that was played and sung in this period of collaboration. On one level this is frustrating, but we prefer to think of it as a liberating excuse to fantasise and indulge our collective imagination to both the past and the present. Our aim is to demonstrate that links between cultures need not exist solely at specific moments in history, but that they can also reach out across the centuries.

Region: All
Start Date: 28/06/2010
End Date: 28/06/2010
Start Time: 19:30
Venue: Merchant Taylors’ Hall
Venue Address: 30 Threadneedle Street, London
Website: http://www.colf.org//events/Contemporary-Music-Jazz-World-Music/921-Orlando-Consort—Mantra.cfm
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