Sangâta

Sangâta

A Franco-Indian Creation by Thierry Pécou

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Very early in his classical musical education, Thierry Pécou already felt the urge to expand his musical knowledge by researching other traditions. Looking at the amount of cultures and oral traditions he explored since then, calling him an experienced traveller is quite an understatement. The latest addition to his backpack came from his trip to India with clarinetist Carjez Gerretsen from Ensemble Variances in January 2017. He was fascinated by the richness of Indian musical traditions and the huge difference with our Western classical music. He decided to set up a framework for an exchange between cultures, honouring what he considers to be one the most striking features of Indian music: the different musical scale (Raga) and the ability to add variations on the spot, thus creating a musical flow that responds to the mood and the atmosphere of each concert. 

In February 2018 he returned to India for a series of workshops with Indian musicians and the core of Ensemble Variances, leading the sessions from behind the piano. The result is Sangâta, a festive, rhythmical programme written in the one language we all understand: music. In India it was performed at two festivals and met with huge enthusiasm by the audience. 

Some write travel diaries. As far as Thierry Pécou is concerned, his wanderings turn into musical scores.

Le Figaro, 2018

Inventive and surprisingly familiar music, Sangâta offers both hedonistic and profound pleasure. It deserves the standing ovation it received from the public.

Le Monde, 2018

On a rhythmic basis given by the tabla, an essential percussive instrument in India, the piano, the clarinet and the western flute meet with the violin and the beautiful sound of the wooden bansuri flute from the Indian tradition. They echo each other, reply, sometimes take over or burst out in a chorus. Because of the unique loose structure of the score, each concert may be different and have its own flavours and colours. And don’t be surprised if you all of a sudden hear other musical references than Indian or Western classical music when the musicians feel up to it. 

It is unlike any other piece, and therefore hard to describe. Just come over and listen to it yourself. We are curious what you will recognise!

 

NEW DELHI, Festival Bonjour India
© KIRPAL SINGH
NEW DELHI, Festival Bonjour India
© KIRPAL SINGH
NEW DELHI, Festival Bonjour India
© KIRPAL SINGH
NEW DELHI, Festival Bonjour India
© KIRPAL SINGH

 

Ragini Shankar

The name 'Ragini' originates from the word raga and means melody. Born in a family with a musical lineage spanning over seven generations, Ragini Shankar began her training in Hindustani Classical Music on the Violin at the tender age of 4. She has learnt music under the tutelage of her mother, Sangeeta Shankar, and her illustrious grandmother, the eminent violinist Dr. N. Rajam with whom she is regularly playing. A professional musician at a young age, she has already performed in many prestigious Indian music festivals as the 'Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav' in Pune and the 'Doverlane Music Festival' in Kolkata, as well as on several international stages. As a virtuoso, Ragini is recognized as one of the promising artists of Indian Classical music.

Rishab Prasanna

Rishab Prasanna was born in a renowned family of musicians, so one could say music is literally in his blood. Nurtured by the tradition (Gharana) of Banaras, Rishab is equally at ease with the light classical genres like thumri, chaiti, kajri and dhun (folk music of India). Since 2009 he moved to Europe where he explored new musical languages: Swedish folk, jazz, contemporary, Greek and Arabic.  With Davy Sur, he created a unique dialogue between Indian flute and Davy's percussive inventions. David Amar, who recently joined the group to create the new project One Million Faces, brings another dimension to their music: electronic, deep and definitely contemporary. So Rishab will have quite something to add!

Amaan Ali Khan

Amaan Ali belongs to a famous family of musicians. He is the son of sarangi maestro Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan and was initiated on tabla by Ustad Manju Khan. Amaanreceived several distinction for his art and is a Gold Medalist of All India Radio (2002).He has accompanied many eminent artists (Smt. Shubha Mugdal, Begum Abida Parveen, Ustad Sabir Khan) in India and around the world.
As the Ensemble finds it very important to work as much as possible with new talents alongside esteemed performers, Amaan Ali will be playing the percussions. A promising talent, again from a family with a long musical tradition, who already accompanied many eminent artists and got his share of distinction. Yet at the beginning of his career, but we have no doubt he will become one of those eminent artists himself. 

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Ragini Shankar violin
Rishab Prasanna bansuri flute
Amaan Ali tabla

Ensemble Variances

Anne Cartel flute
Carjez Gerretsen clarinet
Thierry Pécou Fender Rhodes electric piano, Indian harmonium

Partnership

Co-production CIMN Détours de Babel, Alliance Française (Delhi), Kalasetu, Ensemble Variances.
With the support of Région Normandie, Institut Français, ODIA Normandie.

The Ensemble Variances receive support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Drac Normandie, Région Normandie, Spedidam, Sacem, Ville de Rouen, Odia Normandie, Onda. It is member of Fevis, Futurs Composés, Bureau Export and Profedim.

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