Friday 30 May, 7.30pm
Town Hall, Birmingham
Supremely talented sitar player, Anoushka Shankar, makes her Birmingham solo debut at Town Hall, Birmingham on Friday 30 May. Although she has previously appeared at Symphony Hall in the company of her illustrious father Ravi Shankar, this will be the first occasion when she has topped the bill. The Anoushka Shankar Project is a fusion of traditional Indian classical music shot through with Anoushka’s own cutting edge style. Alongside tabla (Tanmoy Bose) and flute (Ravichandra Kulur) are piano (Leo Dombecki) and cello (Barry Phillips), giving the ancient tradition new expression in a modern context.
Entirely taught by her father, Anoushka made her performing debut when she was 13. It was the launch in 2005 of her fourth album Rise that marked a turning point for her: she composed her own music using traditional Indian ragas as a starting point, added new-age style electronics, and selected a group of master musicians to join her. Her latest CD Breathing Under Water was released in 2007 and was nominated for a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. Anoushka said “On the one hand it means so much to me to explore the Indian Classical music my father taught me, and on the other hand I am so deeply excited to be discovering my own creative voices.” Her wider influence is also assured: in 2003 she was chosen as one of four Women of the Year in India by the Indian Television Academy, Asmi and India Times, and in 2004 she was proclaimed an Asian Hero by the Asia edition of TIME magazine. More recently, she has been appointed by the World Economic Forum as one of their Young Global Leaders for 2008 in recognition of her professional accomplishment, commitment to society and potential to contribute to the shaping of the future of the world.
The concert is supported by sampad.
Issued 7 May 2008