Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney
Irish Release Date 10th October 2008 on POSITIV-ID

::: LIVE ::: Tripod, Dublin - October 31st, 2008
€24.50 & €28 (inc. booking fee) available from Ticketmaster, Road Records, City Discs, Sound Cellar and usual outlets. ~ ~

The 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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London 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 of steel.

"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 ...

A sound.

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.

Nitin Sawhney
June 2008

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