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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

Session

with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dunne

10-11 May 2019

Dublin, Ireland

About Soumik

Soumik Datta is a British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod – a 19 stringed fretless instrument with a history rooted in ancient Afghanistan, which spread through colonial India to reach global downloads today. He has published six albums to date.

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.

Soumik is an innovative and generous artist, creating fabulous new pieces with other musicians to bring his sarod and to new audiences around the world. His artistic hallmarks are collaborations with other artists: Javed Akhtar, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Manu Delago, Akram Khan, Shabaz Hussain, Roopa Panesar, Aruna Sairam, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone and Shankar Mahadevan, to name a few.

In 2014 Soumik played the first concerto for sarod, composed by Param Vir, bridging the contemporary western music and Indian ragas. In the same year, the Edinburgh Mela and the Commonwealth Games commissioned him to re-score Satyajit Ray’s 1960’s epic Goopy Gayne Bagha Gyne (King of Ghosts). The show has received rave reviews, played by Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moroccan Orchestra.

Soumik co-composed the music for dancer/choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fractus V, a collaboration between dancers and musicians from Korea to Congo, Japan to England, that raises standing ovations on its international tours.

Soumik has performed in venues on London’s South Bank, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Barbican in London; 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.

With his brother, photographer Souvid Datta, Soumik has 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, the Rumi Foundation and Soumik Datta Arts, this collaboration resulted in Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India - a six-part, TV documentary series about musicians in rural India, that has been broadcast on Channel 4, 4OD, Sky Arts, Discovery Asia, Sony BBC Earth HD.

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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