We're happy to announce that our young artistic director Mithila Sarma is a recipient of the Professional Fellowship on the Arts Fundraising programme for 2017! This is a year long professional development in Arts Fundraising, Philanthropy and Leadership.
And we are particularly pleased that this resource will add to the organisation’s growth and contributes to our sector of emerging British South Asian classical musicianship. Thanks to Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy, University of Leeds, Cause4 and…
Our new commissions got off to great success with the debut performance of by 'The Bridge: Concerto for Sitar and String Quartet' Jasdeep Singh Degun to a very receptive audience at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Well done to all the musicians and looking forward to further development of the commission. Thanks to our co-commissioner SAA-uk!
We are excited to announce that after receipt of Arts Council project funding we are ready to proceed with our next phase of platforming new progressions and creating an industry for British born and trained South Asian classical artists. Over a period of two years we will platform a monthly ‘basement sessions’ series showcasing the best of emerging and established artists allowing them to be experimental, push their boundaries and discover their mindsets!
Last week, Sarathy Korwar gave us an experience that was unique and thought-provoking. Starting with a ‘classical’ set with just Sitar, Guitar and himself on Tabla, what we imagined would be quite typical classical concert ended up being something far from this. His Tabla solo at the start of the show began with the use of electronics and effects that made it something rarely heard, but a unique experience to watch. As Raaheel and Giuliano were introduced on stage, it was obvious this would not be your…Read more
At Zeroclassikal it’s not just the outcome that matters but the journey an artist undertakes. We asked Jesse Bannister to answer a few questions about his experiences before his upcoming gig!
How did playing the saxophone and learning Indian music happen for you?
Prior to coming Leeds College of Music I had received a poor formal education in a state school in Haringey, so I was keen to learn something real. The Jazz teachers were really poor and I ended up failing my first year, and was ready to go home…Read more
The continuation of the Zeroclassikal performance series showcased yet another talented individual take us through the history of his instrument and of Carnatic music whilst reflecting on his own journey here in Britain.
Hari Sivanesan began the concert talking about the Veena itself, from its creation to its development. With the first half hour consisting of pure classical music, we were taken through the true beauty of the instrument beginning with the majestic Raga Nalinakanthi followed by the Veena’s…Read more
We finally caught up with Jasdeep Singh Degun and Richard Melkonian who are currently working on the Zeroclassikal commission, 'The Bridge', creating a Sitar Concerto!
What is a Sitar Concerto?
Richard: A Sitar Concerto is a piece which features Sitar as a solo instrument plus an ensemble of other musicians, be it an orchestra or a chamber ensemble. The Concerto form itself arose in the Baroque era of Western classical music in Italy, it them became an established form with composers such as Mozart…Read more