"RAGAS TO REELS" CONCERT TOUR
UTSAVLAL& SAM COMERFORD
An Indo-Irish confluence of music
" ...Lal's playing veers from delicately decorative through intelligent probing to full-tilt spearheading of the trio, with dreamy embellishments & flights of fancy while Comerford introduces foot tapping Irish reel material into the mix and peels off increasingly furious flute-licks as the trio crank up the tempo with increasingly complex rhythmic patterns on the tabla....the high energy meeting of the East & west sends a virtually full house happy and mulling over the intermeshings which are possible when cultures face each other...finding areas of commonality and overlap where previously it seemed that none existed". Terry Blain, music critic, UK.
"Ragas to Reels" brings a cultural confluence of the rich musical traditions of India and Ireland. From the haunting sounds of the Indian Ragas to the pounding energy of Irish Reels, the artists enter into a musical dialogue and present a melodious crossover celebrating the friendship between the two countries and the golden jubilee year of the presence of the Embassy of Ireland in India.
The performances are presented by the Embassy of Ireland and the internationally acclaimed musicians -UtsavLal& Sam Comerford collaborate in a unique meeting of the East & West to tour India and perform in the cities of Bangalore,Goa, Delhi& Mumbai between March 30 to April 06, 2014.
Artists: UtsavLal& Sam Comerford.
UtsavLal-Piano: Glasgow based creative pianist & composer, UtsavLal has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences & the unique title of 'Raga Pianist' with his inimitable playing style & innovative handling of a raga. Acclaimed for the simplicity, sincerity & depth of his music, this 21-year-old classical & jazz pianist has also drawn attention for his extensive collaborative work with Irish & Scottish musicians. Over 200 solo raga concerts at several jazz festivals & global venues including The Kennedy Centre-Washington DC,Lal holds the coveted title of "Young Steinway Artist" on the world top pianists' roster, TiE-Aspire Young Indian Achiever award 2012 & is the first musician to introduce the piano at the 137th HarivallabhSangeetSammelan, India's oldest classical music festival. Lal is a part of Scotland's instrumental 15 piece music collective FAT-SUIT & recently led the UtsavLalProject which mixes jazz, celtic&indian rhythmsto excellent reviews at The Jazz bar, Edinburgh & Glasgow Art Club.
Sam Comerford- Irish Flute/Saxophone: Hailing from a family of musicians, 22 yr old, Sam Comerford has been an integral part of ComhaltasCeoltóiríÉireann-the largest group involved in the preservation & promotion of Irish traditional music. Sam plays the tin whistle, wooden flute and is a well-known Jazz saxophonist. Representing Ireland in the European Saxophone Ensemble with over 25 concerts in Europe, improvising and playing new music from contemporary jazz and new music composers, Sam is also co-leader of Aerie, a contemporary jazz group from Ireland / Germany / Estonia / Switzerland. Extensive performances with several Ceili bands & groups in Ireland, Sam has earned a name for his exceptional musicality in both jazz and trad Irish music circuits.
DurjayBhaumik- accompanying on Tabla,DurjayBhaumik's tonal excellency, technical virtuosity and sensitivity towards music has seen him participate in several music festivals in India as a soloist & accompanist, as well as in collaborations with jazz & fusion bands.
Ragas to Reels Tour Schedule
Bangalore Royal Orchid Hotel Sun March 30, 2014
Bangalore Opus pub & bar Mon March 31, 2014
Goa Art Chamber Tue April 01, 2014
Goa Royal Orchid Hotel Wed April 02, 2014
Mumbai Blue Frog Thurs April 03, 2014
Mumbai The Oberoi,NarimanPointFri April 04, 2014
ragas to reels
A celebration of the
50th Anniversary of Embassy of Ireland in India
Tuesday 1st April 2014