Saturday & Sunday, 19 & 20 November 2022
Esplanade Concert Hall, 7.30pm
$120, $100, $80, $60 (Discounts for CAT3 & 4), Available here
With more than a quarter-century’s worth of performing experience behind her, Anoushka Shankar is a singular, genre-defying artist who crosses multiple realms—from classical to contemporary, acoustic to electronic. Returning after 15 years to Singapore at Kalaa Utsavam, the masterful sitarist collaborates with other outstanding musicians for a truly transcendent performance. Anoushka will be joined by her long-term collaborator Manu Delago – a master composer and performer in his own right – as well as Orchestra of the Music Makers, one of Singapore’s leading symphony orchestras. The show will be conducted by Joshua Tan.
Continuing the legacy of her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is considered one of the world’s most renowned sitar players. Her genre-defying music reflects her Indian background as well as her life in London and California. Although Shankar’s musical backbone is formed from classic Indian sounds, there are elements of Philip Glass, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell in the mix as well. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has won legions of fans around the world, with performances at Glastonbury, Sydney Opera House and the BBC Proms, seven Grammy Award nominations, recognition as the youngest and first female recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, a Songlines Best Artist Award and a 2021 Ivor Novello nomination for her score for the BBC’s adaptation of ‘A Suitable Boy’.
Ravi Shankar’s Sitar Concerto No. 3
Anoushka Shankar has been, to date, the sole performer of Ravi Shankar’s Sitar Concerto No. 3 since she premiered the work alongside Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2009. Written specially for her, the Concerto’s three movements trace the journey of a young girl, from childhood’s joys to the first love of adolescence, and eventually into the adventure and confidence of young adulthood. The final movement features space for an extended improvised cadenza by Anoushka Shankar.
The second half of the concert features music from Anoushka Shankar’s recently released live album Between Us…
Conductor and arranger Jules Buckley worked with Anoushka to produce new orchestral arrangements of her own previous works, including those from her Grammy-nominated albums Rise, Traveller, Traces of You and Land of Gold. Together they consciously moved away from a purely ‘Classical’ sound by immersing the sitar into a lush orchestral soundscape. Key to this sound world is master musician Manu Delago, Anoushka’s long-term collaborator and co-writer of some of the evening’s music, who will be performing tonight on percussion and handpan.
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