Musician Baluji Shrivastav inspired by Haitian, African, South American and Asian GODDESSES in concert at Purcell Room

Musician Baluji Shrivastav inspired by Haitian, African, South American and Asian GODDESSES in concert at Purcell Room

Following the 2008/09 national tour of his composition ‘Song Celestial’ , Baluji will be playing tracks from his new album ‘Goddess’ at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on 24th March, 2010. Goddess worship is alive in many parts of the world. Divinities from the rich traditions of Haiti, Africa, South America and Asia are the sources of inspiration for this new work, which will be a musical tribute to feminine deities from around the globe.

Baluji says, “The music is inspired by Goddesses from different parts of the world and the loving qualities they each represent”

The essence of Classical Indian music is a belief in the sacred power of sound. Hindus call sacred female energy shakti. It is considered highly active and has many forms. Baluji calls on these combined forces to celebrate Yemanja, Queen of the Ocean who is beloved in Africa and Brazil; Kwan Yin, gentle and merciful, revered by East Asian Buddhists and Chinese Taoists; the radiant Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami of Japan; Saraswati who is the Goddess of creative thought; Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth; Durga the Warrior Goddess and Haitian Goddess of Love, Erzulie.

Composer and Sitarist Baluji Shrivastav is a unique musician with solo releases on sitar, diruba and surbhar. His live performances are infused with a warmth and humour that connect with new and seasoned audiences alike. Baluji will be performing ‘Goddess’ on sitar, surbahar (bass sitar) and dilruba with tabla accompaniment by Nafees Irfan plus special guest artists, including percussionist Pandit Dinesh.

In addition to the pieces being performed on the night, the album also features music for the Inuit Goddess Sedna and Hina, generous Moon Goddess of the Pacific Islands. ‘The Three Goddesses’ will be a specially featured track on sitar and surbahar, where Raag Saraswati and Shivranjani are combined with the ancient and rarely performed Laxmi Taal of 18 beats.

Baluji has just been awarded funding from PRS to create a new piece for Croydon Mela. Baluji has several solo albums and has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists including Massive Attack, Andy Sheppard and most recently Doves. Andy Williams of Doves will be playing drums on the new album.

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