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ANOUSHKA SHANKAR TO TOUR 6 CITIES IN INDIA THIS DECEMBER
India, October 2016– 5-time Grammy-nominated sitar player and global composer Anoushka Shankar returns to the Indian sub-continent this December after performing to full houses in Europe, North America, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates throughout 2016. With a flair for making the sitar speak a number of musical languages, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar will champion a massive six-city tour, in support of her inspired new album “Land of Gold” which released globally on Deutsche Grammophon earlier this summer. The tour is being curated by Alchemist Marketing Solutions.
Having won emotional, rave reviews at festivals such as the legendary Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD Festival, Granada Festival, Rudolstadt Festival, Esperanzah Festival, and Helsinki Festival this summer, Anoushka has a packed autumn/winter touring schedule with performances lined up at venues including the iconic Musikgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, and Birmingham Symphony Hall, making time for India in between.
Not just that, Anoushka has also recently showcased her new album at BBC’s penultimate episode of the iconic ‘Later with Jools Holland’- one of Britain’s iconic contemporary music television show. The show is considered an institution in itself having garnered millions of fans around the world.
“Land of Gold” embraces electronics and cross-genre collaborations, and is Anoushka Shankar’s fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. Organised by her management company, Alchemist Marketing Solutions, this will be the artist’s 5th country-wide solo tour of India. Says Anujita Jain, CEO of Alchemist, “Apart from the music, Anoushka carefully curates the light and look for each stage performance, so that the audience truly has an immersive experience.
To ensure that Land of Gold reaches audiences across most of India, we have lined up an ambitious tour this year, covering 6 cities over 2 weekends.” Launching on the 2nd and culminating on the 11th, the tour will travel to Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, allowing enthusiasts to experience an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With Land of Gold, Shankar looks out at the world with a musical “cry against injustice” and offers an excursion of haunting honesty and fiery exorcism, as spirited as it is spiritual.
Five-time Grammy® nominee Anoushka Shankar states, “Land of Gold is the culmination of my journey to the interior, channeling my distress at the situation in a constructive way, exploring the stories of the voiceless and dispossessed. The central message of Land of Gold is the recognition of the resilience of the human spirit and of our capacity to find the place where enduring hope resides. Everyone is, in some way or another, searching for their own ‘Land of Gold’: a journey to a place of security, connectedness and tranquillity, which they can call home. The idea of millions of people being driven out of their homes, and of children not having safe shelter or passage, is not a political issue, it’s a humanitarian issue. I’m not pretending I can change the world, or to be an expert on social and political affairs. But I certainly have a right to say when something is wrong. It’s important to be a part of a culture and community, and to be a positive influence in every aspect of my life that I can.”
Synonymous with Indian classical melodies and music, Shankar makes it a custom to integrate India on her annual global touring calendar every winter. Trailblazing, as her legendary father Late Pandit Ravi Shankar was, Anoushka Shankar continues to push the limits of her chosen instrument, not only in the traditional Indian Classical form, but also by breaking boundaries and working with new sounds and art forms.
Following the success of her 2013 album, Traces of You, and 2015’s classical album Home, Anoushka Shankar returns with an innovative, cutting-edge programme addressing themes of movement, asylum, refugees; a topic that deeply inspired the creative process whilst composing the music for Land of Gold. When asked her how excited about performing in Chennai Anoushka Shankar states that “Chennai is one of the cities I actually love, my mom comes from Chennai and this is the place where we would love to spend more time during childhood. I have a very strong and happy memories connected to Chennai and also more thrilled to perform here my album Land of gold in midst of Chennai audience”.
Deftly fusing music traditions from India with electronica, jazz, hip-hop, minimalism and more, the genre-blurring “Gold” teams her with everyone from Björk’s musical director, Matt Robertson and Sri Lankan rap star M.I.A. to American jazz bass dynamo Larry Grenadier, Austrian percussionist genius and one of the album’s co-writers Manu Delago, dance legend Akram Khan and English actress/activist Vanessa Redgrave. Given that the majority of songs on “Land of Gold” are entirely instrumental, it is — ultimately — Shankar’s music that speaks the loudest on the album. The largely-instrumental album frames Shankar’s sitar in a rich, sympathetic soundscape. Shankar will present the album live with an exemplary quartet of instrumentalists- all also triggering live electronics- comprising of herself, hang-player and percussionist Manu Delago, Shahani exponent Sanjeev Shankar and London’s top bassist/pianist Tom Farmer.
- Chennai event Tickets : www.eventjini.com
- Other Cities Tickets – www.bookmyshow.com
- Timings – 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm
- Dates & Cities
o 2nd December – Chennai – Sir MuthaVenkatasubbha Rao
o 3rd December – Mumbai – Shankmukhananda Hall
o 4th December – Pune – NH7 Weekender
o 9th December – New Delhi – Sirifort Auditorium
o 10th December – Bengaluru –Dr. AmbedkarBhavan
o 11th December – Hyderabad -ShilpkalaVedika
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
- Boat to Nowhere
- Secret Heart
- Jump In (Cross the Line) feat. M.I.A.
- Dissolving Boundaries
- Land of Gold feat. Alev Lenz
- Last Chance
- Remain the Sea feat. Vanessa Redgrave
- Crossing the Rubicon
- Say Your Prayers
ABOUT LAND OF GOLD
Land of Gold, Anoushka Shankar’s fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon, is her heartfelt response to the trauma and injustice being experienced by refugees and victims of war. Offering an uplifting message of hope for dark times, its music was inspired by recent news images of people fleeing civil war, oppression, poverty and unbearable hardship. The album contemplates the common thread of humanity and its power to reconnect people divided by hatred and fear. Strong emotions flow throughout Land of Gold, expressed on sitar by Anoushka Shankar and reinforced in collaboration with an ensemble of gifted instrumentalists and guest artists.
The music’s dynamic energy was further enhanced by the input of Joe Wright, Anoushka’s husband and director of movies such as Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, who worked with his wife on the album’s production, and by the cinematic soundscapes and textures of electronic producer Matt Robertson, Björk’s frequent collaborator. Land of Gold also includes guest appearances by rapper and refugee advocate M.I.A., singer/songwriter Alev Lenz, jazz double-bassist Larry Grenadier, dancer Akram Khan, cellist Caroline Dale, and actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave, who reads a viscerally expressive poem by Pavana Reddy on “Remain the Sea”. All-girl children’s choir Girls for Equality makes its debut on the album’s closing song, “Reunion”.
ABOUT ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including five 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, and a Songlines Best Artist Award. Most recently, she became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus. Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition,
Anoushka studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen. By the age of 20, she had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel and received her first Grammy® nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Anoushka released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy® nomination. Following this nomination Anoushka became the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy® Awards. As an international solo artist,
Anoushka has performed in a range of distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall, Frankfurt AlteOper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Palais des Beaux-Arts and the KKL Luzern. Her event appearances include the Verbier Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, Boom Festival and the London Proms.
Anoushka has championed her father’s four sitar Concertos with the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Lucerne Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of esteemed conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kristjan Järvi and JakobHrusa. In 2011 Anoushka signed to Deutsche Grammophon, heralding a fertile creative period which was rewarded with three further consecutive Grammy® nominations.
Traveller(produced by Javier Limon), was a critically-hailed exploration of Indian Classical music and Spanish flamenco. This was followed by Traces of You (produced by Nitin Sawhney and featuring Anoushka’s half-sister Norah Jones on vocals), and Home, a purely Indian Classical album where she returned to the Ragas her father had taught her. Through her bold and collaborative approach as a composer, Anoushka has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue whilst demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.
As a result, Anoushka has created a vital body of work with a prominent roster of artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Joshua Bell. Recent highlights include curating a Tagore Festival at The Globe Theatre in London, dedicated to the legendary Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore, and a large-scale Zeitinsel at Dortmund Konzerthaus where she was given a carte-blanche to present four full-length programmes reflecting different aspects of her artistic life.
Besides her career as a composer and performer, Anoushka has authored the book Bapi: The Love of My Life, a biographical portrait of her father. Anoushka’s artistic output increasingly seeks to reflect her impassioned support of women’s rights and social justice. In 2011, in response to the horrific gang-rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi, Shankar threw her weight behind the campaign One Billion Rising on Change.org. To support the campaign, she released a video in which she demanded an end to crime against women, and revealed she had been sexually abused for many years as a child.
Following this, she was invited to take part in a special panel on violence against women at the annual Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi (2013). Other recent projects include hosting a radio show about gender quality to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and coordinating a call-to-action to the UK government in response to the current European refugee crisis, which was signed by more than 100 leading British cultural figures and published in a full-page advert in the Guardian newspaper in September 2015.
Today, from her home in London where she lives with her husband and two sons, Anoushka’s career reflects her aim to constantly learn and grow as an artist. Across continents and demographics, people respond to what she calls the “honesty” in her music, which is integral to her work both in the classical and modern musical spheres. As Nitin Sawhney wrote, “no one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar.”