Bengali singing sensation Gouri Choudhury
Friday 8th November at 7.30pm
Gouri Choudhury is one of the finest Bengali singers in the UK. She was born into a musical family in Sylhet, Bangladesh and started singing from the age of 6. She now has over 20 years of experience singing a diverse range of songs including folk, Tagore and modern songs in multiple languages such as Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. She has toured Europe, the US and Canada and has received many accolades within the Bangladeshi community. This event is a rare opportunity to catch her beautifully rendered traditional Bengali songs performed with harmonium and tabla.
Dynamic young tabla player Himanish Goswami joins Gouri and then a duo from British-Bengali band Khiyo. Son of distinguished Bengali singer Himangshu Goswami, Himanish is a disciple of Pt. Kumar Bose of the Benares Gharana of tabla playing. Although Himanish’s main area of skill and passion lies in Indian classical music, he is accomplished at accompanying in other forms of music such as semi-classical, folk, devotional and world music.
Khiyo duo Sohini Alam and Oliver Weeks take you on a journey that gives Bengali heritage music a modern acoustic sound. Oliver studied music at Clare College, Cambridge with Robin Holloway and completed a PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Oliver has conducted fieldwork in West Bengal, writing his dissertation on 19th century Bengali music. Sohini has provided critically acclaimed vocals for Akram Khan’s Olivier Award-winning dance piece DESH and for Tara’s pantomimes and Kanjoos – The Miser. Khiyo’s take on Tagore made them national news in Bangladesh and recent performances have included the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival 2013.
Tara Arts' Raga to Reggae festival is curated by Tara Artist Sohini Alam. Follow Sohini here.
See the other Raga to Reggae performances:
Wed 6 Nov: Idris Rahman & Julia Biel
Thurs 7 Nov: Aruba In Wonderland & UMS
See all 3 Raga to Reggae performances for £27!
(Select a £10 ticket for each performance and the discount will be automatically applied)
November 1, 2013