Circle of Sound launch concert this Sat at the Rich Mix London.
SPRING TOUR DATES
Rich Mix London – 28 April World Premiere
Leicester, Curve – 29 April
Wild Heart Festival, Sussex – 5 May
Colston Hall, Bristol – 10 May
The Forge, London – 21 May
Singapore Arts Festival – 23-28 May
British Council Connections Tour to Malaysia, 1- 6 June
India, Live In Music – 7 June
India, Live in Park Festival – 8 June
Austria – 14 June
Rhythms of the World Festival UK – 14 July
Snapshots Festival Closing Event. Rich Mix, London – 21 July
NEW ALBUM OUT May 2012
Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Circle of Sound
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CONTEMPORARY RISING STARS OF BRITISH ASIAN MUSIC-SOUMIK DATTA AND BERNHARD SCHIMPELSBERGER – LAUNCH THEIR NEW ALBUM ‘CIRCLE OF SOUND’ WHICH FEATURES MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE WINNER TALVIN SINGH. PREMIERE TAKES PLACE AT RICH MIX, LONDON IN APRIL 2012 FOLLOWED BY A UK AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR
Sat 28th April, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Rd, London at 8pm
Soumik Datta – Sarod & Ambient Sound Design; Bernhard Schimpelsberger – Drums, Cajon, Percussion And Vocal Percussion
Talvin Singh – Tabla (Track 1); Manu Delago – Hang (Tracks 1, 6); Pirashanna Thevarajah – Morsing (Track 1); Simon Nader – Voice (Track 3)
Conceived as a multi-media show during an artist residency at the Alchemy festival at London’s South Bank Centre, Circle of Sound is as dramatic and rounded a piece of work as is possible for a duo to make. In fact it is difficult to remember at times that it is primarily a duo album. As each track enfolds you are drawn into a conversation that is constantly changing and renewing, coming at you from all sides – you are in a ‘Circle of Sound’.
This ability to create immersive music from limited resources (in terms of the instrumentation) is not just a product of studio trickery (although the album is beautifully produced, with a big, warm sound). A glance at the video below will demonstrate the energy, commitment and joy in playing generated by Soumik and Bernhard.
That this Indian-Austrian duo is London-based is testament yet again to the extraordinary cultural diversity of the city. The album (and Talvin’s input is no accident here) is also an expression of the cultural invention and a contemporary insight into the sounds of South Asian music. But in the end national and cultural boundaries are there to be burst open and Circle of Sound does just that – creating a genuinely fresh, exciting and universal musical experience.
- Sounds of Bengal – Soumik Datta & Arif Khan (alchemyfestival.wordpress.com)