Nazrul-Blake Manush II 2015
4.00pm for 4.30pm Sunday 13th September 2015
A performance of music, poetry, dance and visual imagery interweaving the works of the Bengali poet Nazrul (1899-1976) and the English poet William Blake who, although separated by time, race and place, both passionately fought against cruelty and injustice, and championed gender equality, human rights and inter-religious harmony.
Theatre director, Mukul Ahmed, composers Tarun Jasani and Gavin Roberts and visual artist Alice Sielle, collaborate to reveal the universally relevant message shared by these towering figures of Eastern and Western culture.
The performance will be set in Sielle’s visually stunning installation reflecting Nazrul and Blake’s universal message that despite our many differences we all share a common humanity. Sielle includes large fabric hangings, a vibrant and ever-changing ceiling of mobiles and a painting which unifies the whole installation.
Ahmed and Sielle first worked together in 2012 on Music Migrations, a series of world music concerts reflecting the changing waves of immigration to London’s East End. In 2014 they collaborated on Manush to bring the work of Nazrul to a wider audience. They are now delighted to be joined by composers Tarun Jasani and Gavin Roberts to expand this theme, with William Blake as a Western counterpart to Nazrul.
Gavin Roberts - staff pianist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Artistic Director of SONG in the CITY and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church - will run workshops together with Tarun Jasani and attend rehearsals. Winner of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, The Hanover Band, Orpheus Britannicus, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and The Guildford Chamber Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox.
Tarun Jasani, trained in Indian Classical music and has performed in many classical recitals and cross-cultural collaborations. Dr. Alex Knapp mentored him in Western Classical music and he has composed numerous soundtracks for film/stage. He teaches at SOAS and Goldsmiths. Tarun began his musical training in Indian Classical music at the age of 8, learning Tabla in the Benaras style before beginning his Sarod training in the Dhrupad-style under Krishnamurti Sridhar of the prestigious Dagar school. After completing a degree in Indian Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies and attaining a Distinction, he moved to India to study under Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. On returning to the UK, he began his professional career as a concert Sarod player and has since participated in numerous Classical festivals both in the UK, Europe and India.