IndianClassical

Artist Commission and Public Engagement Opportunity “Khyal: Music and Imagination”

GemArts is continuing its work with Durham University in 2016 with a fantastic opportunity for visual artists.

“Khyal: Music and Imagination” is a project which brings together an international team of ethnomusicologists, singers of Indian classical music and visual artists to develop original artwork and deliver public engagement activities.

We are seeking to appoint a visual artist to join the project team, who will work in collaboration with musicians and academics to develop an original artwork, and deliver a school workshop in the North East of England.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and talented artist at the early stage of his/her career, with a degree in visual arts or equivalent, excellent teamwork skills, and an interest in exploring new and collaborative ways of working. While he/she will not be expected to have any technical knowledge of music or previous experience of Indian music, he/she will be willing to develop an original artwork after a period of dialogue and consultation with other team members.

For more information visit www.gemarts.org or www.dur.ac.uk

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NEW CONCERT ANNOUNCED

Every now and then whilst planning our forward programme, an opportunity to add to GemArts’ current season appears, and we have had such an opportunity present itself this season. On 18th December GemArts and Sage Gateshead will present Project Avartan in Hall Two. This fantastic world fusion trio features musicians Rekesh Chauhan (Piano), Alok Verma (Tabla/Percussions) and John Garner (Violin). Avartan, meaning cycle, weaves in influences from various world music styles, with an emphasis on the classical backgrounds the trio share. The project explores musical traditions with an array of contemporary flavours. This concert takes place during Sage Gateshead’s 10th birthday week, when the venue will be buzzing with birthday cheer.

Rekesh Chauhan (piano)
Alok Verma (tabla/percussion)
John Garner (violin)

Watch Project Avartan perform in Lisbon below:

Tickets are available from Sage Gateshead, priced at £10 full , £8 concession and our special £25 Family Ticket is also available. More info at www.gemarts.org

 

PROJECT AVARTAN

ALOK VERMA’s repertoire spans spiritual world music, fusion, indo-jazz, hipChop and African drumming. He has performed alongside Boris Grebenshikov, Aquarium International at the Royal Albert Hall and Ian Anderson, (Jethro Tull) at the Barbican, London.

REKESH CHAUHAN’s early training in Indian Classical Music from his Father and Guru, Rajesh Chauhan, fed into his study of Western Classical Music. Unifying a new style has made him a phenomenon amongst listeners as he is one the few who perform Indian Classical music on the Piano.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, violinist JOHN GARNER has performed across the world with Hot Club Ensemble, electronica band Polaroid 85, his jazz quartet, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 

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October 2014, Happy Diwali, Lifetime achievement awards, and whats to come

Happy Diwali from GemArts

Happy Diwali from GemArts

So far this season we have already welcomed the Sikh Fortress Turban to Sunderland Museum&Winter Gardens as part of a Spotlight Programme Loan from the British Museum, brought Penned in the Margins two man miniature epic The Shroud to Caedmon Hall, presented two awe inspiring classical Indian concerts with Debashish Bhattacharya and Jyoti Hegde at Sage Gateshead, and worked with Seven Stories to create their Diverse Voices exhibition.

Now October is here we look forward to Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s (AKDC) kathak interpretation of Yerma on 25th. With the original set in rural patriarchal and religiously repressive Spain, AKDC have re-imagined this work as an Indian classical dance for an inner city community.

Diwali is also now upon us, as always we are enjoying celebrating the festival of lights with friends and families. Once the family celebrations die down we will host our annual celebration at the Civic Centre, with performances, DJs, food and plenty of fun for all the family on 1st Nov.

A special mention must go to our Founder and Trustee Mr Bahal, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gateshead Awards 2014. Mr Bahal was invited to a special ceremony last week, where he celebrated with guests from across the borough.

This November will be a busy month for GemArts, with Grammy award winners, local talent and work crossing science and dance, but more on that soon!

For more information on GemArts programme visit http://www.gemarts.org/whatson/

 

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