Launching their new album ‘Improvisations’
A collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians Bobby Singh (Tabla), Adrian McNeil (Sarod) and Damian Wright (Flamenco Guitar), Rasa Duende’s first recording “Improvisations” explores meeting points between Hindustani and Flamenco traditions through a deep understanding and engagement with both of these highly expressive music cultures.
The trio explores meeting points between the melodies, rhythms and aesthetic thought that is deeply embedded in both music cultures. Through the primacy of improvisation, the artists respectfully engage with a range of this traditional material, and then arranges it into a new collaborative setting. This approach allows the artists to create a sound that is both fresh and unique but, at the same time, deeply rooted in the tradition and musical sensibilities of these two cultures.
This exciting and tasteful mixing of two rich traditions succeeds in finding melodies and rhythms that are similar to both musics, and works to create a sound that is both fresh and unique but deeply rooted in the history of these two cultures.
Food & Music
Discover the innate and flavoursome connections between Indian music and food. As a special gift to audiences, the trio will present a Hindustani cooking demonstration with a dash of Spanish flavouring. Through an entertaining, practical 40 min demonstration, the musicians discuss the recipe as likened to the composition of a Raga and its development in the mind of a performer, and how the methods of cooking Indian food reveal a fascinating insight into the melodic universe of a raga.
Indian cuisine and Indian music have been long recognised as sharing many elements in common and for many musicians a raga is understood as a melodic recipe. The connection is noted in the Natyasastra, the first treatise on Indian performing arts (2nd cent AD). The demonstration explores this connection further through both cooking and playing, providing a valuable insight into the creative thinking and processes behind Rasa Duende.
Tabla player Bobby Singh, a disciple of the great maestro Aneesh Pradhan, is one of the most sought-after musicians on the Australian world music circuit and is the first choice for musicians from India touring Australia and New Zealand.
Began studying flamenco in Australia from a young age. His passion for the artform led him to its source, Spain, where he spent years studying under the grand masters of flamenco guitar. Upon his return to Australia, he was funded by The Australia Council to again return to Spain and delve deeper into his study. When finally returning to Australia, Damian has written for and performed with the top flamenco artists in the world within Australia as well as creating his own national touring flamenco group, “Bandaluzia Flamenco” which has become a massive hit in the world and folk festival circuit of Australia.