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Winter Solstice with Baluji Shrivastav OBE

Thursday 21 December 2023

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Deep dive into the mind of Indian/British musician and composer Baluji Shrivastav OBE, and his journey with visual impairment. A concert not about a life without sight, but how the mind can create pictures through the senses.

Baluji is joined by an ensemble of visually impaired artists showcasing south Asian instruments – resonating strings of the sitar, intricate beats and much more. Together, they aim to enlighten the audience in how the imagination of music is formed in their minds.

The Howard Assembly Room will gradually be bathed in colour as Baluji’s inner vision is realised by a visual artist. Experience solace from the madness of the festive period and let yourself be swept away by an ocean of elated music.

The ensemble features Linda Shanson on vocals, a versatile artist who combines jazz and Hindustani music in her compositions, Takashi Kikuchi, a skilled viola player, and Yousuf Ali Khan, a tabla and percussion virtuoso. Dimitris Menexopoulos, a seasoned projection, and sound artist, adds a visual dimension to the performance.

Please note, the event will begin and end in the dark. This will happen once everyone has taken their seats and staff will be on hand for assistance if needed.

Funded by PRSF through SAA-uk’s ‘SPOTLIGHT’ Talent Development Programme, and in partnership with Opera North.



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