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Performance Dates

Session

with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dunne

01-02 Feb 2019, 05-08 Feb 2019

Rennes, France

Fractus V (Antwerp)

with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

7-10 Mar 2019

Antwerp

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

14 Mar 2019, 7:30pm

The Anvil, Basingstoke

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

15 Mar 2019, 7:30pm

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

30 Mar 2019, 7:30pm

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

09 Apr 2019, 7:30pm

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

10 Apr 2019, 7:30pm

Town Hall, Birmingham

King of Ghosts & around India with a movie camera

with City of London Sinfonia

8 May 2019, 7:30pm

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton

Session

with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dunne

10-11 May 2019

Dublin, Ireland

Rhythms of India

BBC4 television series

21 May

UK

Glastonbury Festival

Soumik Datta & Friends

1:30am 30 June

Glastonbury Festival

BBC Late Night Proms

13 August

Royal Albert Hall

About Soumik

Soumik Datta is a musician, composer, television presenter and virtuoso player of the 19 stringed, fretless sarod. Born in India, brought up in London, he connects his Bengali roots with global strands and is considered 'one of biggest new music talents in Britain’ (Vogue).

Trained by the sarod legend, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta while completing his Masters in Composition at Trinity College of Music, Soumik’s performances bridge the world of Indian classical and contemporary music. His music and innovative projects connect ancient Indian influences with progressive sounds ‘building bridges between the traditional and contemporary’ (GQ). He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Javed Akhtar, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia.

Soumik is an outspoken advocate for the preservation of Indian arts. As a television presenter he has fronted two film series on the music of India. With his brother, photographer Souvid Datta, Soumik travelled across six states of India, filming and performing with over 100 traditional musicians, many being the last in their musical lineage. Supported by the Bagri Foundation, this collaboration resulted in 'Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India' - a six-part, TV documentary series about musicians in rural India, which aired on Channel 4, 4OD. More recently Soumik presented a prestigious three part series for BBC4. 'Rhythms of India’, which received great critical acclaim follows Soumik as he meets and performs with classical, folk and pop musicians exploring how music helps us understand India’s past and its rapidly changing present. Watch the series on BBC iPlayer.

Soumik has performed at premier venues internationally including London’s South Bank, Shakespeare’s Globe, Barbican Centre; Konzerthaus, Berlin, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide; New Vision Art Festival, Hong Kong; Singapore Arts Festival; Diverse City, Kuala Lumpur; Fes Sacred Music Festival, Morocco and the Songlines Encounters Festival. In 2019, Soumik has been invited to play at Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD and BBC Proms. He continues to champion Indian arts in the mainstream and bring his ancient sarod into the modern, global arena. Follow his work on Instagram.

"Magical, 5 stars" The Scotsman

"An auditory amalgam of deep Indian ragas and urban beats" Independent

"A powerhouse of talent" The Hindu

"Building bridges between the traditional and contemporary" GQ Magazine

"Datta provides a fascinating whistle-stop tour, although some of the best moments are when the young musician hammers out beautiful rhythms on his sarod" The Sunday Times

"Soumik Datta makes an ideal travel companion for an illuminating three part journey across India" The Observer.

Soumik Datta Arts is a charity set up in 2013 by Soumik Datta to support new, collaborative musical projects and to assist young talent. Based in London, its trustees are Sir David Green (Chairman), Simon Broughton, Keon Ghaharian, Ferdy Lovett, Freddie Matthews, Tristan Neagle, Shrina Shah, Sam Toolan and Tana Wollen.

Tuning 2 You

Lost Musicians of India
Soumik returns to his roots in India to discover Indian musicians off the beaten tracks.

"Tuning 2 You - Lost Musicians of India" is a unique documentary film series transporting you through India's remotest regions and bringing you face to face with the nation's best but fading folk musicians.Through collaboration and performance, our aim is to make a historical testament to India's incredible cultures and reaffirm the transcendent power of music.

British-Asian musician and composer Soumik Datta returns home to present the project. Vivid and panoramic, 'Tuning 2 You' is an adventure through a raw, undiluted India. Its soundtrack throbs with gypsy songs, qawwali and thundering drums played by under-represented folk and tribal artsts, who unite to collaborate with Soumik. Showcasing over 100 rural artists, spanning 6 states, across jungles and deserts, mountains and seasides, connecting people, religions and voices across the nation, this series is a homage to the human condition and its ability to rise, through music and find hope in unexpected corners.

Bagri Foundation

Developed in partnership with the Bagri Foundation

With an ever growing musical vision, Circle of Sound now launches its second album - Anti Hero. An alchemic synthesis of Indian and contemporary music, the new album includes orchestral strings, songwriting, live electronics and award winning special guests - Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar. And guess what? The band is giving the album away for FREE! All you need to do is fill in the form below:

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