We’re delighted to be working with alumni of the Wall of Sounds residency series as part of our programme to support the development of practitioners and emerging professional musicians.
Two past residency participants, Avital Raz (Beth Orton) and Sam Lewis (Snarky Puppy) have been working in our rehearsal space to develop an original project called Indian Fusion Lab for our Creative Music Programme at Band on the Wall. It will consist of a new ten-week course starting in January, and a showcase performance.
The course will bring together ideas and approaches to Indian music that Avital and Sam have been working on individually for a number of years.
“Brighter Sound introduced me to Avital and also put forward the suggestion of some kind of Indian Fusion based course that we could put together,” said Sam. “We wanted to make the course accessible for anyone with an interest in Indian music and composition”
The group will be relaxed and informal and will encourage creativity and composition. It will cover key elements of Indian Classical music, including Raags (scales), Taals (rhythms) and improvisation. Avital and Sam spoke to us about their plans for Indian Fusion Lab:
“We’re looking forward to having the opportunity to explore the music, and also see how other people on the course approach it with us. Indian music is a completely different experience to classical music. Rather than taking you up and down and building suspense, it moves you from the centre – it’s a very experiential form of music. We’re hoping the project will spark people’s creativity. We’ve called it a lab as we really want to experiment and just see what happens.”
Following a successful taster session last month, Avital and Sam’s full course commences in January 2016.
Find out more and book a place on the Indian Fusion Lab course here.