Calico Ensemble at Tansen Music Festival

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There are several musical traditions around the world which are strongly rooted in specific contexts. For some time now, musicians have been trying to build bridges across these traditions and have created a multitude of new soundscapes in the process. One such group – the Calico Ensemble – recently played for packed audiences on Dec 23, 2017 at the Tansen Music Festival 2017. With Ben Arie Dagovitch on the hangMax Shchedrovitzki on the oud and the vocalist Darlini Singh Kaul, the trio had the crowd spellbound by the unique motley of sounds that they brought to the stage thanks to Alliance Française de Bhopal!

The Calico Ensemble comprising of (from left to right)  Ben Arie Dagovitch, Darlini Singh Kaul and Max Shchedrovitzki at the Tansen Music Festival

The Calico Ensemble comprising of (from left to right)
Ben Arie Dagovitch, Darlini Singh Kaul and Max Shchedrovitzki at the Tansen Music Festival

Max has been studying western music since an early age. Over the last few years, his interest has increassingly shifted towards Middle Eastern and Indian music. Ben is a unique voice in the Israeli and international world music scene. His explorations into African, Latin, Mediterranean and Eastern rhythms have taken him around the world thereby allowing him to play with leading world music artists. Darlini is a singer, theatre practitioner, dancer and story teller. She incorporates many musical styles – including Middle Eastern, Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and blues, Reggae and Afro beats – in her multidisciplinary performances. Together, the formidable trio created a unique ambience at the festival and had the audience swaying to their tunes. A short clip of their performance can be found here :

The Tansen Music Festival (or the Tansen Sangeet Sammelan or the Tansen Utsav) is held every year in December in Behat village (Gwalior district, Madhya Pradesh) to celebrate the memory of  Mian Tansen. Tansen was a prominent Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist, known for a large number of compositions. He was also a gifted instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin). He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Jalal ud-din Akbar. Every year, musicians from around the world are invited to deliver vocal and instrumental performances in honour of his memory near his tomb. The event is organized jointly by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy and Department Of Culture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

 

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

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