24th January 2013 | 7 – 10 PM
Susheela Raman and the Mian Miri Qawals – UK and India
Susheela Raman and her formidable half-London, half-Rajasthani band featuring Kutle Khan, Nathoo Solanki and Sam Mills will join forces with the mighty Mian Miri Qawals. After debuting their collaboration in Jaipur 2011, Susheela and the Mian Miris performed a sold-out concert at the South Bank Centre in London last April 2012, receiving five star reviews from both the Guardian and Financial Times and an immediate return invitation to headline the Royal Festival Hall on April 10th 2013. The combined energy of these performers and their explosive combination of Panjabi Sufism, Pan-Indian Roots Music and Anglo-Saxon Post-Rock has to be experienced firsthand.
Vincent Segal and the Master Musicians of Rajasthan – France and India
Parisian Vincent Segal has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most intriguing and accomplished musicians. A classically-trained cellist, he jumped ship to develop his playing with African musicians and some of the most famous names in Rock, World and Contemporary Music and has worked with people as diverse as Pierre Boulez, Elvis Costello, Sting and Marianne Faithful and is a long-time collaborator of Susheela Raman. His recent album ‘Chamber Music’ with Malian Kora virtuoso Ballake Cissoko has made waves around the world. Always creative and in search of a new challenge, he will be combining his talents with some of Rajasthan’s finest musicians to create something very special for this unique night.
25th January 2013 | 7.30 – 10 PM
Rock Veda – India
Rock Veda is a Delhi- based band that believes in the power of music. A Progressive Fusion Band, they coalesce the natural emotion of Indian Classical with a creative contemporary mix, belting out scintillating & heart hitting original compilations for music aficionados – Sufi to earthy music and from Hindustani to fusion Music.Very Indian yet very international, their music is creative, original and fresh.
Rajasthan Josh – India
Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, other Rajasthani musicians, enchanting dancers & fire-eaters come together in a mesmerizing performance combining the folk traditions of north western region of India. Using instruments such as the nagara, shehnai, dhol , sarangi, kamaicha, kartal and morchang incorporating vocal styles ranging from the mystic Sufi traditions & bhajans to popular folk songs of Rajasthan, the performance will be interspersed with captivating dances like the Ghoomar, Kalbelia & Terah Taali.
26th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM
Coke Studio @ MTV – India Papon
Angaraag Mahanta, popularly known as Papon, is a singer, composer and producer from Assam, India. He was introduced to music early on in his childhood, and went on to learn singing and instruments such as the khol, tabla, guitar and harmonium. Papon’s music can be classified under a host of genres, most notably ambient electronic, acoustic-folk, new age Indian classical music. He’s noted for his use of pentatonic Mongoloid notes, influences from local river songs, Indian classical music, ghazals and even new-age electronica. Besides performing with his band The East India Project, Papon has also collaborated with Indian electronic duo Midival Punditz.
Papon’s first Assamese album ‘Jonaaki Raati’, released in 2004. His debut Hindi album, The Story So Far, released earlier this year, has received rave reviews from critics all around the country. He is been part of both the seasons on Coke studio @ MTV. Papon also has super-hit songs from the India film industry — Jiye Kyun from Dum Maro Dum, andKyun from Barfi.
Under the guidance of singer Hariharan, Shilpa Rao trained with Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. She has performed with Shankar Mahadevan and is currently singing jingles for advertisements and Bollywood films. Shilpa Rao has performed for Karsh Kale in Season 2 of Coke Studio @ MTV. She has also produced Dum Dum along with Jaleebi Cartel this Season. Karsh says Shilpa has a great earthy voice and lends a great touch to the songs. As for Shilpa, she considers this to be one of the best music collaborations and enjoys working with Karsh since he gives everyone great creative freedom and gets them to put together something beautiful. Shilpa considers Coke Studio @ MTV to be a boon for musicians as they can put forth something they would otherwise never get to do.
27th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM
Chicago Children’s Choir – USA
Founded in 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, the Choir serves over 3,000 children ages 8 to 18 through choirs in 60 schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. As a touring ensemble, the Choir has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Korea, Japan, South America and Europe and for such dignitaries as Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
President and Artistic Director: Josephine Lee
Associate Director/Choreographer: Judy Hanson
Principal Conductor: John Goodwin
Folk Songs (Punjabi & Hindi): Harpreet
Harpreet is a classically trained vocalist, a self taught guitarist and flautist. He has performed at many popular festivals and prominent stages, and has composed music for theatre productions, documentaries and short films. Harpreet is in the process of recording his first album.
JoaquÃn Ruiz “Caravana” – Spain
One of the most important figures of flamenco dance in Spain, JoaquÃn Ruiz is a dancer with breathtaking technique. Many renowned dancers define him as one of the most outstanding dancers of his generation. After performing and presenting different productions in the world’s most famous theatres , he now comes back with “Caravana” his new musical live show interlaced with Mediterranean sounds, Arabic and Balkan melodies, Iberian and South American folklore. The result is an unique sound that emerges out of different cultural roots and becomes a universal language. In 2011 “Caravana” was included in the WMCE (World Music Charts Europe), one of the most prestigious and influential radio lists in Europe broadcasted in more than 20 countries.