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Hebrides Ensemble - Edinburgh, Perth + Greenock Tour tour dates :: 6-7 May @ www.hebridesensemble.com/events/ Known for its diverse, imaginative and inspiring programmes, Hebrides Ensemble, one of the UK’s foremost chamber music collectives, tours to three Scottish venues with The Award-Winning Irish Soprano Ailish Tynan and have two concerts on Monday 6 May. On 6 May there is a lunchtime concert at Perth Concert Hall and a teatime concert at Greyfriars Kirk. On Tuesday 7 May, the Ensemble makes its Greenock debut at Beacon Arts Centre. Ailish Tynan :: www.twitter.com/AilishTynanEire The concert in Perth will be live streamed for its international audiences who are unable to attend its concerts in person. Francaix: String Trio – vn, va, vcl 16’; Rosalie The Ensemble welcomes the award-winning Irish Burrell: Early Light - Solo violin 6'; Ravel: Chansons Madecasses – sop, fl, vcl, pno 13’ and Soprano, Ailish Tynan for these concerts. She has established herself in many operatic roles at Ailish Tynan, soprano

some of the world’s leading opera houses and companies as well as giving notable concert appearances both in the UK and internationally. The concert programme includes: Rebecca Clarke: Morpheus – vla, pno 8’; Judith Weir: Nuits d’Afrique – sop, fl, vcl, pno 12’; Jean

with a simple invocation which may recall the ending of Ravel’s composition. Hugely under-appreciated English composer Rebecca Clarke, whose style of writing was at times compared to Ravel and Debussy, is well known for her wonderful viola sonata but this short piece Morpheus is another beautiful, lyrical example of her work. Young American composer Rosalie Burrell’s Early Light, a stunning piece for solo violin, evokes indigenous North America whilst the exoticism of Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses is balanced by the wit and charm of compatriot Jean Francaix’s String Trio.

Judith Weir will give a pre-concert talk at the Beacon Arts Centre on Tuesday 7 May in advance of her International Composers’ Seminar on At the heart of the programme is Maurice Ravel’s Wednesday 8 May at Edinburgh’s Stockbridge sensual and political Chansons Madécasses which Parish Church. depicts life and challenging events in Madagascar. Judith Weir’s partner piece to the www.hebridesensemble.com Ravel, Nuits d’Afrique, uses poetry by www.twitter.com/HEB_Ensemble contemporary African women evoking local life www.facebook.com/hebrides.ensemble

Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti: Trikala :: double album release date :: out now @ www.simonthacker.com/shop :: The past, present and future of intercultural collaboration featuring 13 of the greatest artists from India, Bangladesh and Europe

Created and recorded over three years, in three locations (East Lothian, and Chennai and Kolkata in India), Simon Thacker’s third release creating new sound worlds through his immersion in Indian classical, folk and spiritual traditions is the epic double album Trikala (the Sanskrit word for the three tenses of time, past, present and future). :: photo by Akhil Khatri

Trikala sees Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti metamorphose into a community of different lineups (thirteen performers in all) which each take inspiration from four different aspects of the vast musical macrocosm that exists on the Indian subcontinent: Hindustani classical (north), Carnatic classical (south), Punjabi folk (west) and the Bengali mystical folk Baul tradition of both India and Bangladesh (east).

performers who, whether in the most breathtakingly intricate composition or ferocious and intuitive improvisation, search for truth and essence selflessly together.

Ancient forms are refracted in the present to propel them forward to the future, travelling beyond East and West to genuinely create a third direction genuinely of itself. Trikala offers a window into the evolving soul of traditions and the world of one of today’s A new approach to Punjabi folk builds on most expansive composers. Traversing over 2 Simon's love of luminaries such as Surinder Kaur hours and 18 minutes of some of the most and Narinder Biba. Two of these feature singer advanced intercultural music ever recorded, Afsana Khan (from Badal), who Simon considers Trikala is a work of rapturous forward to be one of the very best young folk and Sufi momentum and a pivotal moment in the history singers. Unity comes from Thacker, as the single of Indo-Western collaboration. compositional voice that has either created or Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti invites you to recreated all of the work on both albums, and immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala. the symbiotic relationship between the Supported by Creative Scotland, Gem Arts and The Hope Scott Trust There is also a major solo work with a tangential Tamil inspiration, one of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore’s best loved melodies reimagined and a moving transformation of India’s “National Song”.

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:: photo by Nitesh Anand

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