After Hours at Manchester Museum

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After Hours at Manchester Museum

We were delighted to be part of this year's After HoursCreative Tourist's city-wide social, which sees cultural happenings taking place in spaces and places not usually seen after dark.

For one-night only, we took camp in the brilliant neo-Gothic surroundings of Manchester Museum with a collaborative music project exploring Indian art practice.  Working in partnership with A Fine Line, we took up this year's theme of ‘odd couplings’ to bring together composer and vocal sculptor Jason Singh and virtuoso guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, for a performance inspired by traditional Indian arts practice, which we recorded live - listen here.

Jason and Giuliano spent an inspiring and exhilarating three weeks in the company of India’s Warli painters, Ramesh Hengade and Jivya Soma Mashe who are themselves exploring and experimenting beyond the boarders of tradition. The After Hours performance encapsulated their sonic account of the journey and featured a musical animation of the museum’s collections against a backdrop of Warli canvasses and images.

Warli Image 'Rice Farming' by Ramesh Hengade


Rice Farming by Ramesh Hengade

"I've been inspired both musically and visually by this commission. So much of what Giuliano and I experienced on our visit to the Warli village is reflected in the paintings which surrounded our performance at the Museum.  Using voice, acoustic guitar and a range of sampling technologies it is hoped the performance gave a small glimpse into the lives and spirituality of the Warli people." - Jason Singh

Jason Singh is a sound artist, composer and vocalist whose music is generated through an ongoing exploration of the human voice in reaction to art, nature, technology and the world around us. His passion lies in multidisciplinary, cross art form collaborations where his musical talent can manifest in new and exciting ways.

Italian born Giuliano Modarelli’s unique and exceptionally innovative guitar style blends World Folk, Arabic, Flamenco, Latin and Eastern European sounds. His application of the Sarod technique has led to collaborations with masters of Hindustani music and his ability to subtly blend all that he has learnt enables him to create a true acoustic music for the modern world.

Our commission and project with Jason and Giuliano continues in November, when they perform at the V&A in London as part of the Museum's India Festival, more details about the performance will be announced soon. Further exchanges will also take place between UK and Indian artists in the build up to 2017 and the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.