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Blind Genius of the Sitar (UK) - Baluji Shrivastav and Tapestri
Friday 22 February 7.00pm
The remarkable Indian-born and UK-based blind sitar player and composer, Baluji Shrivastav, returns to Australia in February 2019 for his first visit in nearly a decade.
Recently awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music in the UK, Baluji is a revered performer who has worked across the idioms of Hindustani classical, jazz fusion and film music. He is an outstanding improviser undaunted by the boundaries of any one tradition. He is also a tireless ambassador for sight-impaired musicians in Britain, forming the Inner Vision Orchestra, who recently toured in Mumbai and Delhi.
In this Ellington Jazz Club concert he will be joined by some of WA’s finest, including Grammy award winning pedal steel guitarist, Lucky Oceans, four members of the Praashekh Quartet, who in the last two years have been favorites of the Fairbridge Festival. They include young sarod maestro (also playing his customised e-sarod),Praashekh Borkar (Pune, India), tabla percussion wizard, Sivakumar Balakrishnan (Singapore), superb young Balinese jazz bassist, Wayan Dana and vastly the experienced Fremantle multi-reedman, Mark Cain. Together as a sextet they are Tapestry.
Blind since early childhood from a village in northern India, Baluji Shrivastav has faced many challenges, but his mastery of classical Indian instruments isn’t one. He plays sitar, surbahar (a bass-like sitar), dilruba (a bowed instrument) and percussion instruments, pakhavaj and tabla.