Inspired by India – Mix the City Soundfest
Join us at British Council, New Delhi for a weekend full of exciting music performances by a diverse line-up of musicians, to celebrate British Council’s 70 years in India.
Inspired by India – Mix the City Soundfest brings together artists from Mix the City – British Council’s music exploration platform, for two days of enthralling music performances by musicians from across India, and the UK.
From powerful percussions, to soulful sounds of fusion, to outstanding electronics and more, there’s something for everyone!
Chilling partner: Witlinger
6.30 pm –7.15 pm
From Chennai – Padma Shankar (Violin) + Prakash Hariharan (Mandolin) + Paul Jacob (Bass Guitar) + Perimallam Drummers
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
From the Northeast – Tetseo Sisters, followed by Rida &The Musical Folks, followed by DJ Sagar + Lama Tashi (Chants and Electronics)
8.30pm – 9.30 pm
From Kolkata – DJ Varun Desai
DAY 2 Line-Up
6.30 pm –7.00 pm
From Kolkata – Subir Ray (Flute) + Mainak Bumpy Nag(Bass) + Somnath Roy (Percussions) + Golam Fakir (Baul and Dotara )
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
From Mumbai – Chintoo Singh Wasir (Rabab and Vocals)+ Imran Khan (Sitar)+ Zuheb Ahmed Khan (Tabla)
7.30pm – 8.00 pm
From Delhi – Subhendra Rao (Sitar)+ Vidya Shah (Vocals)+ Zuheb Ahmed Khan (Tabla)
8:00 pm – 9.30 pm
Curtain Blue (Electronics) followed by Sub:System (Lyrix Organix)
Artists from Chennai
Paul Jacob: Paul Jacob is a critically acclaimed musician from Chennai who has travelled the world with his music. Having started out playing the bass guitar aged 12, Paul went on to be a part of several rock bands before joining “Nemesis Avenue”, which featured future Oscar winner A. R. Rahman on keyboard. His music for The Square Circle, a docudrama by Timeri Murari, won the Best Documentary Music Award at Cannes Film festival, 1998. With Bodhimuzzik, Paul, he has produced collaborative projects with award-winning producers like Thione Seck (Senegal), Francois Breant (France), Susheela Raman (UK), Fantazio (France), and the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra.
Prakash Hariharan: Prakash Hariharan is a classically trained electric Mandolin virtuoso. He focuses on fusion and South Indian classical (Carnatic) music. In addition to his original and classical work, Prakash continues to work in the film industry with notable composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jeyaraj, Imman composing and producing soundtrack works.
Perimelam Drummers: Perimelam Drummers was started in 2007 as a 10-member band and has now grown up to a 45-member band. The musicians in this troupe play a form of drum which is one of the oldest drums used in India, especially in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Artists from Nagaland
Artists from Meghalaya
Artists from Assam
Artists from Arunachal Pradesh
Artists from Kolkata
Somnath Roy:Somnath Roy plays a variety of percussion instruments. He is well known for his playing of the earthen clay pot Ghatam, a percussion instrument used in south Indian classical music.He began learning Hindustani flute from Nepal Sarkar and went on to learn north Indian percussion tradition from Bablu Biswas.
Mainak ‘Bumpy’ Nag Chowdhury: Mainak Nag Chowdhury, aka “Bumpy”, is an accomplished bass player and composer-music director. He has travelled with his own projects and also as a session- player with eminent artists and bands from India and abroad. His versatility with different genres makes him one of the most sought after bass players from India.
Subir Ray: Flautist Subir Ray is a worthy disciple of Pandit Debaprasad Bandyapadhyay, Pandit Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay and Sulaya Bandyopadhyay. He was a gold medallist in instrumental music (MA) from Rabindra Bharati University. Performing for the last 20 years, he has accompanied with numerous artistes, both vocal and instrumental.
Golam Fakir: Golam Fakir is a singer and dotara player (an instrument part of the Baul tradition of West Bengal). Golam is from Gorbhanga village located in Nadia District of West Bengal, in East India. A leading singer in baul music, he is known for his melodious voice and his own unique style of playing dotara.
Artists from Mumbai
Imran Khan: It could be said that Imran has music in his blood. Hailing from the Sikar Gharana, he is a ninth-generation sitar musician from a lineage of court musicians that have preserved Indian Classical music as a family tradition. Training from the age of 6 with his grandfather, the late sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Gulab Khan, he continued his sitar training with his father Ustad Niyaz Khan and his uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan. Years of training, performances and collaborations have led to a depth of sound in Imran’s sitar playing that, although loyal to Hindustani Classical music, is also able to compose a stunningly resonant contemporary style.
Artists from Delhi
Shubhendra Rao: Composer and performer, Shubhendra Rao is ranked amongst the key soloists of India. Distinguished as a musical bridge to many cultures, he creates an experience for his audience that "is not aimed at titillating the senses, but to seize the soul" (The Hindu, New Delhi). A protégé of world-renowned Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra has established himself not only as a master of his instrument but also as a thinking musician, constantly endeavoring to carry his instrument beyond conventional boundaries. Hailed as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition, Shubhendra has performed at major music festivals and concert halls like Broadway and Carnegie Hall in New York, WOMAD festival in Guernsey, UK, Sydney Opera House in Australia, National Arts Festival in South Africa, Theatre de le Ville in Paris, Edinburgh festival. In November 2007, he was awarded the “Youth Icon for Classical Music” by the popular Zee Television Network.
Vidya Shah: Vidya Shah is a singer and musician from New Delhi, India. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan) and Thumri Dadra, and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin. A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India.
Artists from UK
Nightwave: Maya Medvesek, better known as NIGHTWAVE, is an active member of the Glasgow music scene that has established herself as an internationally renowned DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter, label boss and in more recent years an activist and educator. As a DJ, Nightwave has toured the World and supported some of the biggest names in dance music and runs her own club night Nightrave in her hometown of Glasgow as well as selected locations in Europe. She regularly features on BBC Radio1, Rinse FM, NTS, Radar etc as a producer, she has released on labels like Fool’s Gold Records, Unknown To The Unknown and vocally collaborated with Rustie on his Warp Records debut Glass Swords.
Cooly G: DJ / Producer / Remixer/ Artist / London / Musician
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