live band line-up will be as follows : Nitin Sawhney - keys
and guitar / Aref Durvesh – tabla / Ashwin Srinivasan - flute
and vocals / Ian Burdge – cello / Martyn Kaine – drums
/ Tina Grace – vocals / Luci Joules - vocals
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Undersound, Sawhney’s eighth album, is another work
of extraordinary variety and vitality. Featuring a cast of guest
contributors that includes Natty, Reena Bhardwaj, Ojos de
Brujo, Anoushka Shankar, Roxanne Tataei, Tina Grace, Aruba Red,
Imogen Heap, Faheem Mazhar and Paul McCartney,
the album embraces a far-flung range of musical and cultural influences,
deftly bound together by Sawhney's masterful production, and a narrative
subtext which runs through the diverse strands of music like a thread
"London Undersound is about how London's changed since
9/11 and how I and other people perceive that change,"
Sawhney explains. "I don't recognize London as the same
place it was ten years ago. The change has been quite subliminal
and insidious. But it is massively different. London has become
polarised in a way that I find uncomfortable and threatening, especially
as an Asian person. I wanted to explore through my music the dynamic
of a city which is going through a major transition."
The album artwork features 16
specially contributed line drawings by acclaimed British
Sculptor Antony Gormley.
There is no
disputing the fact that Nitin Sawhney is widely
regarded as one of the most influential and versatile creative talents
alive today. Firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter,
DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer,
Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of
music, dance, theatre, and film with seven studio albums to date.
He last performed
in Ireland at the Dun Laoighre Festival of World Cultures in 2004
and has been working with Irish artist Laura Izibor of late.
Everyday is full of representations - from politicians, the media
and the power of rumour. From bizarre justifications for war to
issues of race, nationality, religion and cultural identity, we
are saturated constantly with information and second hand opinion.
On 7/7/2005 a bomb exploded on a London bus. A singer and friend
of mine, Natty, was there. Two weeks later he was present at the
shooting of a Brazillian man – Jean Charles De Menezes.
Last year we wrote a song together.
Natty, like myself, feels something indefinable has shifted.
London’s heartbeat has changed.
Within that heartbeat there lies a feeling, a collective consciousness,
the uniting hum of disparate voices waiting to be heard ...
This is a collection of thoughts, ideas, feelings and catharsis
in a city of immense diversity, imagination and beliefs. Featuring
a whole range of artists, some less known, some celebrated, this
music attempts to capture a zeitgeist and common humanity that pervades
superficial divides. Featuring performances from Natty, Reena Bhardwaj,
Ojos de Brujo, Anoushka Shankar, Rox, Tina Grace, Aruba Red, Imogen
Heap, Faheem Mazhar and Paul McCartney with specially contributed
artwork from Antony Gormley, this is an album of collaboration ….
to capture the London I know.