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Pianist-Composer Sahil Vasudeva’s 2 Indias Ensemble Performs in Mumbai

Piano items level-headed by Spanish artist Isaac Albéniz are interpreted by the Contemporary Delhi artist and a troupe of Indian classical artists

Anurag Tagat
Nov 17, 2022





Pianist and composer Sahil Vasudeva. Photo: GigClick

Primarily the most illustrious composition by Spanish pianist-composer Isaac Albéniz is is called “Asturias” and Contemporary Delhi pianist Sahil Vasudeva by no contrivance carried out learning it. “I gave up on yarn of I didn’t private the system at the time to play it,” he says.

Albéniz’s works were constant with (and later closely inspired) Spanish folks music, however Vasudeva – ever the experimentalist by system of modern ways of presenting Western classical music – takes it into a whole modern realm with his 2 Indias Ensemble, who will make an Indian classical-meets-piano rendition in Mumbai on November 18th.

Vasudeva is joined by sitarist Suhel Saeed Khan, sarangi artist Shahnawaz Khan (both hailing from the Dilli gharana) and percussionist Makrand Sanon for the efficiency, which used to be at the origin commissioned by the Embassy of Spain. They had their first efficiency on June 30th in Contemporary Delhi and are actually bringing it to the Royal Opera Dwelling in Mumbai. Vasudeva praises the venue’s curator Asad Lalljee (furthermore phase of public programming platform Avid Finding out) for along side any other dimension of fluctuate for the 2 Indias Ensemble efficiency.

It used to be a collaborative efficiency with Spanish poet Federica Garica Lorca which voice Vasudeva support on the computer screen of exploring folks music from Spain. “It drew me support to this belief of doing this efficiency. I hadn’t heard a single other part [than ‘Asturias’] earlier than that,” the pianist-composer says. As the mission used to be commissioned, he began going into Albéniz’s repertoire, taking three months to win precise devices, transcribing and enjoying the music point out for point out to set up all the pieces out. Vasudeva says he used to be furthermore “composing parts inner it [pieces] and along side the crossovers by identifying raagas and codecs from Hindustani classical.” He adds, “We were staying correct to the text and [also] finding a steadiness on the ideal contrivance to construct the interpretation our possess.”

There private been several more challenges along the system, on yarn of this wasn’t music they were going to improvise. “So for Suhel (sitar) and Shahnawaz (sarangi) all the pieces is in stark distinction to their model […] Honestly, we private form of damaged our heads over this and hats off to Suhel, Shahnawaz and Makrand on yarn of they private got labored truly exhausting,” Vasudeva says.

Sahil Vasudeva (some distance left) with the members of 2 Indias Ensemble. Photo: GigClick

The fashioned setup used to be going to be correct piano and sitar, one thing that Vasudeva constant with what number of works of Albéniz are popularized on guitar. “But as I began hearing him more, an ensemble used to be enjoying in my head and I used to be hearing too many crossovers – at final I went in with the postulate that towards the tip of the efficiency, the viewers may perchance perchance private to truly feel like this music may perchance belong anyplace; deeply rooted in Spanish culture/folks however delivered to existence in a dilapidated Indian spirit,” he adds.

Vasudeva isn’t any stranger to crossovers – he’s labored in experimental settings like REProduce Listening Room shows, and conducted alongside digital music producer BLOT! aka Gaurav Malaker at Magnetic Fields Competition in Rajasthan and contrivance more. The enchantment comes from following his instincts every time. “I private a penchant towards doing issues differently/and now not truly going with the worn belief of how one thing must be conducted played and any efficiency I truly employ time by how I will construct it my possess or lend my sensibility and elegance,” he says.

Inserting himself in these manufacture of instances and figuring it out helps him grow and now 2 Indias Ensemble is more than correct a one-off mission. Vasudeva says it’s became a band and as well they’ve already began working on incorporating jazz/innovative items and digital music parts. There’s furthermore a efficiency with a Spanish cellist and an album voice to be recorded in 2023 for his solo mission.

2 Indias Ensemble by Sahil Vasudeva performs on November 18th at Royal Opera Dwelling, Mumbai. Rep tickets right here. The match is in partnership with Embassy of Spain, Avid Finding out – Arts & Culture, Furtados Song and Insider.

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