Ulhas Kashalkar – North Indian Classical vocalist

Ulhas Kashalkar - North Indian Classical vocalist

– North Indian Classical vocalist par excellence with SURESH TALWALKAR tabla maestro –

In this age of globalisation and fusion of musical styles, it is so refreshing to have artists of such excellence performing PURE TRADITIONAL North Indian classical music at its very best. There is no hint of Western instrumentation and harmony that just about everyone from India is now getting involved with.

Presented by The Asian Music Circuit – the UK’s leading promoter for music from the Asian continent, famous for presenting a diverse range of innovative and eclectic Asian music tours, concerts, workshops, lectures and events in the UK – ULHAS KASHALKAR is an example of a great music tradition being appreciated worldwide. Although Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar has visited the UK before, it was some time ago and that is why this short tour is so important to lovers of Indian classical music.

Representing the Jaipur vocal tradition with its very clear, clean and bold musical lines, Ulhas Kashalkar is also adept in other styles such as the Gwalior and Agra gharanas. Beautiful compositions (bandishes) interspersed with superb and varied improvisations and TAANS (fast and virtuosic passages) are characteristic of this wonderful artist.

To compliment this, in Suresh Talwalkar we have one of the very rare tabla players today who are great soloists in the old tradition and who have not yet given in to the contemporary renditions now used in fusion music. His performance has not yielded to the different tastes and expectations of the public in Europe.

The 4th October 2006 concert will be a double bill shared with Aruna Narayan, the daughter of the illustrious sarangi maestro Pandit Ramnarayan. Aruna is the only female sarangi player in India.

Ulhas Kashalkar – khyal vocal
Viram Jasani – Sitar
Suresh Talwalkar – Tabla
Chiranjib Chakraborthy – Harmonium
Nicola Clark – Tanpura

The lecture and demonstration by Viram Jasani, of Asian Music Circuit, will provide an introduction to North Indian Music, illustrated by musical examples on the sitar. Viram Jasani is the UK’s leading sitarist and a major player outside India.

He follows the style of Vilayat Khan, which emphasises lyricism by emulating the voice, and has performed at major festivals in Europe and India. Viram was an early player of ‘fusion’, as lead sitarist and has appeared in recordings with Led Zeppelin, Osibisa and Sky, performed with Stan Tracy and Mike Garrick, and composed for radio, TV and films, including work with Johnny Dankworth and Mikis Theodarakis. In 2003 he received an Asian Voice Asian Achievers Award.

Tour dates:

21st September 2006
St Ia Church, St. Ives Festival, Cornwall

01736798577 £11 www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

23rd September 2006 7pm James Hornsby School Hall, Laindon, Basildon, Essex £10 ; contact: 01268 414 414

29th September 2006 The Bhavan Centre, Castletown Road,
W. Kensington, London
Bhavan Centre Box Office: 020 7381 3086 www.bhavan.net

4th October 2006 Bristol, St Georges 0845 402 4001 www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk £8-14

7pm Pre-Concert Talk – Pre-concert talk and discussion with Viram Jasani of the Asian Music Circuit.

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