FROM PHILIP GLASS TO WESTERN SYDNEY
Thursday 19 September
On Parramatta river
On the banks of the Parramatta River, this concert showcases SPIRAL (Sydney’s latest new music sensation) in collaboration with culturally diverse artists from Western Sydney. Borrowing from the minimalist tradition of Philip Glass, the program features compositions for flute, saxophone, synthesiser, electronic piano, guitar, double bass and electric bass, inspired by the perpetual motion of the river. Their hypnotic cyclical music brings listeners into a trance-like state, leading us out of our bodies, and swirling into a higher consciousness.
SPIRAL will be joined by guest performers Maharshi Raval (Tabla) and Shohrat Tursun (Dutar and vocal)
In partnership with City of Parramatta
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SPIRAL is a new music ensemble with a minimalistic edge, formed in 2016, based in Sydney.
Following a number of successful concerts during the 2016 season as "Glass Half Phil", the ensemble became more focused on the extensive range of music that makes up the minimalist and post-minimalist movements.
The ensemble aims to change the way people experience concerts by making music creation a collaborative effort between composer, performer and listener. With the ultimate goal of supporting up and coming artists and providing refreshing concert experiences. SPIRAL is a group dedicated to not only their art, but to that of all musicians both young and old.
Maharshi is an awarding winning and internationally acclaimed tabla player from Benaras Gharana (school) living in Sydney. Maharshi is a student of Late Pt. Nandan Mehta who was a disciple of the legend of Benaras Gharana Late Pt. Shri Kishen Maharaj and has been learning for the last 25 years at Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad.
He has travelled extensively to various parts of the world as an accompanist to Indian Classical Vocalists, Instrumentalists and Kathak Dancers. Maharshi conducted and directed the tabla recital of 100 students aged between 3 to 16 years for Indian Heritage Day, Performed on Australian national television shows including X-Factor with India Rose on Channel 7 and on Good News Week with Sarangan on Channel 10.Maharshi runs a music institute called Shree Gajanan Cultural Mission – The Institute of Indian Classical Music and Dance at various locations in Sydney.
Shohrat Tursun - Dutar and vocals
Shohrat is a master dutar player, singer and actor. He is an ambassador of Uyghur culture and music and has appeared in concerts in Japan, China, USA and Germany. He has also recorded a CD in Japan.