When the Arts Foundation of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, initiated an Artist-in-residence programme, their aim was to promote arts of these two rich cultures to mingle through an exchange of people and ideas.
It was under this programme that Indo-German pianist and composer Jarry Singla has been selected for a six-month-long stay in Mumbai as an Artist-in-Residence.
Singla and German double-bass player Christian Ramond will join Indian musicians — vocalist Sanjeev Chimmalgi, tabla-player/composer Vinayak Netke and sitar-virtuoso Hindol Deb for a concert in Mumbai on August 2.
Apart from Mumbai, the quintet will perform in Pune and Chennai.
Singla, who is looking forward to his performance in Mumbai, says, “Inspired by the coming together of Indian and European culture, the artistes who will perform on August 2, will go beyond existing musical boundaries. The cooperation of the five artistes will hopefully lead to a creation of fresh, subtle and exciting sounds, which I would like to call Contemporary Indo-European Chamber Music.”
Singla combines European musical traditions not only with a variety of jazz-styles, but also with classical and folk music drawn from non-European musical cultures.
Apart from Singla, the concert on Friday will also see renowned double-bass player Christian Ramond in action. Ramond has worked with internationally-acclaimed musicians like Joe Pass, Albert Mangelsdorff, Philipp Catherine, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz. His musical activities comprise Mainstream Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Avantgarde and New Music.
Hindustani classical singer Sanjeev Chimmalgi weaves various important aspects of the Kirana, Gwalior and Agra Gharanas and promises to enthrall the audience with his contemporary renditions of Sugam Sangeet, film-songs and fusion music.
What: Indo-European Chamber Music concert
When: August 2, 7 pm onwards
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi