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Shades of Shakti: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Indian Music and Jazz

Live Music Event

Friday. 7th July, 7pm

Tickets: $30 per person

At Riverside Centre (Rangimarie Hall)

The project

Receiving a standing ovation from a full house at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in 2020, Shades of Shakti are an intercultural group of musicians bridging the gap between traditional Indian music and jazz. Inspired by Ravi Shankar's East Meets West and John McLaughlin's famous 1970s Shakti project, Shades of Shakti are a soulful juggernaut of mind-bending compositions and improvisations, their music combines intricate fast energetic melodies, virtuosic rhythms, and hypnotic sonorities. Their collaboration aims to bring communities together and celebrate human diversity through music. The musicians of Shades of Shakti Sangeet Mishra (India) comes from a long line of sarangi masters from India’s holiest city, Varanasi. Considered a child prodigy, Sangeet has endeavoured to revive ancient musical styles. An innovative musician, Sangeet plays sarangi with an enchanting purity. Justin Firefly Clarke (NZ) is a respected guitar virtuoso of many stripes. Seven years in Berlin saw Justin gain repute as a lynchpin for fusing different musical languages, winning numerous awards for these collaborations in festivals across Europe. Basant Madhur (India) is a much-respected artist of classical Indian music. Born into a family of musicians, he studied under Pt. Pawan Kumar Verma and is an approved Indian Radio & Television performing artist. He moved to New Zealand in 2002. Tristan Carter (NZ) is a talented and versatile violinist who has worked with Atlas Ensemble in Amsterdam, traditional musicians in Bangalore, and taonga pūoro musicians of Aotearoa. He currently composes and dances with Java Dance. Thomas Friggens (NZ) is a powerful and virtuoso drummer who straddles multiple musical worlds effortlessly and has been an integral member of the premier percussion group Strike, as well as numerous Wellington ensembles such as Sulco d’Alma and Bazurka.

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Shadesof Shakti: Traditional Indian Music and Jazz


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