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Stretching the boundaries of the cultural sounds of South Asia is key to the talents of Giuliano Modarelli and Kitha Balakirishnan, who perform as a double bill at Sage Gateshead on Friday 29th April.

The two musicians delve deeply into traditional features of South Asian culture to form their styles. Having performed previously alongside some of the biggest names in Indian classical tradition, Modarelli brings his vast experience and highly skilled guitar playing together in his composition, Lost Ragas, in which he combines his electronic and jazz sensibilities with ancient tradition. The music will uncover the secret history of ragas, merged with his contemporary influences to reshape sound expectations. Meanwhile, Balakirishnan’s violin performance of The Infinite Road offers a musical journey that is not only engaging but enlightening, embracing tradition whilst simultaneously breaking all of its rules. In her words: “I am seeking a mindset in which I am released from the conventional rigid structure and expectation of recital. I want to explore expression and making statement.” 

Presented by local arts organisation Gem Arts, Riverside Ragas: Divergence is set to provide a spectacular insight into the music of South Asian culture, whilst exploring how it can be incorporated with a bold diversity of ideas to create new and masterful sounds.

Riverside Ragas: Divergence takes place at Sage Gateshead on Friday 29th April.


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