Western art music meets traditional Indian music face to face.

Classical Indian music is one of the few historical-grown traditions worldwide that have not been influenced by Western or other traditions. The curators of this concert looked for pieces that made an effort to combine the two traditions, like for example the Western minimal music, especially Philip Glass, and second, they decided to develop new pieces.

Two utterly different music cultures merge here in a programme you won't hear anywhere else. This productive dialogue between the classical art music of India and of the Occident climaxes in a work commissioned by Deutsche Welle.

 

Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Rakesh Chaurasia in Bonn

Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Rakesh Chaurasia in Bonn Photo: Deutsche Welle Festival

Kathak Dancer at Indo-German Campus concert in Bonn

Kathak Dancer at Indo-German Campus concert in Bonn Photo: Deutsche Welle Festival

 

Performers include:

Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri), Bernhard Schimpelsberger (percussion), SPLASH – Percussion North Rhine-Westphalia, Taal Yogi Ashram & Nad-Roop Percussion Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Germany, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Government Chorus of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR/Leslie Suganandarajah, Lalwani Suresh, Ashit Desai

Recorded at the World Conference Centre, Bonn (Deutsche Welle)