Improvisational jazz fusion performance featuring Trilok Gurtu and Castle in Time Orchestra to perform in India: Here’s all we know

Improvisational jazz fusion performance featuring Trilok Gurtu and Castle in Time Orchestra to perform in India: Here’s all we know

Trilok Gurtu and 11-piece Castle in Time Orchestra from Israel will be performing at NCPA in Mumbai on February 9 and at 1AQ in Delhi on February 11

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, January 13, 2023, 07:04 PM IST
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Boris Breuer

 A collaborative piece, between virtuoso Indian percussionist and composer Trilok Gurtu and an 11-member Israeli contemporary ensemble Castle in Time Orchestra, called Harmonies in Time travels to India in February this year.

The 90-minutes long improvisational collaboration – that premiered at Jerusalem’s Mekudeshet Festival in 2017 – will be performed for Indian audiences in Mumbai and New Delhi on February 9 and February 11 respectively. This will be Gurtu’s first performance with an orchestra in India.

Respected and known for his work with jazz giants like John Mclaughlin, Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Dave Holland, Jan Garbarek, and Indian classical luminaries like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan and his mother Shubha Gurtu, Trilok Gurtu continues to define and redefine his position as one of the percussive arts’ greatest innovators of all time.

Over the past five decades, since the inception of jazz fusion, Gurtu has distinguished himself as a visionary of experimental percussion. In the Castle in Time orchestra, he finds the perfect foil for his genre-defying ideas.

A modular group of extraordinary instrumentalists – from woodwinds, brass, strings, bass guitar, percussions, synthesizers and singers working with analog effects – and a conductor, Castle in Time Orchestra challenges the concept of an orchestra.

Harmonies in Time is a perfect example of Gurtu’s jazz acuity and technical prowess. It uses Indian composition that was written for the human voice and the tabla, and translates it to Western orchestral instruments. Created by Gurtu and Castle in Time Orchestra co-founders Matan Daskal and Shalev Ne'eman, the piece uses complex polyrhythms from Africa, Western jazz and funk, Indian classical music and even vocal improvisations using the Indian tala talk method.

Harmonies in Time is an incredibly unique project in that it showcases how different musical cultures like India and Israel can sound like one unit, and it was received very well when we premiered it in 2017,” Gurtu says about the show, adding, “I am so excited and happy to be able to play at home after a long time, and especially after the past couple of years.”

What: A performance Trilok Gurtu and by Castle in Time Orchestra

Where: NCPA

When: January 9

Tickets: ₹944 onwards

Available online

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