CICADAS by Sarathy Korwar
Cicadas questions why the traditional roles of vocalist, instrumentalist and tabla player have maintained a certain position within South Asian Classical music and this is even more evident when looking at the rules governing improvisation; for instance, when a Tabla solo is allowed. Using different creative ideas and ‘games’ throughout his own composition Sarathy takes improvisation out of its traditional structure and rules yet maintaining raga to create a whole new concept within classical music.
Multi-talented percussionist and composer, Sarathy was awarded the Steve Reid InNovation Award by PRS for Music and Steve Reid Foundation to create his album Day to Day released by Ninja Tunes. This experimental and creative artist produces a radical way of thinking in his commission through exciting experiments and interactive ideas giving both musicians on stage and audiences a new outlook to South Asian Classical music.