Once upon a time, when West and East first met and played music together
What if, back in time, Sitar and Lute have met and played together?
Maybe at some Renaissance castle in Europe, or some Mughal palace in India, or a spice port by the ocean? Brought by merchants and caravans, or by ambassadors, as a gift, by adventurous explorers, or by some fugitive or exiled?
IMAGINARY MUSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY was conducted by three seasoned musicians and friends.
A PIECE OF GORGEOUS MUSIC, touching and sticking to the ears. At the same time respectful to each of the musical traditions.
SANGAM MEANS RIVER JUNCTION in many languages from India. It is a word with surprising multiple meanings, like union, friendship, gathering, brotherhood. This project is at the confluence of two rivers: Indian and Western Classical music.
LUTE AND SITAR TWO DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS, NOW UNITED
The Lute uses a modal musical system to express harmony in the polyphony. The Sitar reveals its musical properties into the development of an entire universe build upon and around a single tonic drone at a time.
Three seasoned musicians
ROHAN DASGUPTA (sITAR)
a top sitar player, capable of showing his orthodox and magical command over the Ragas, and equally maverick in experimentation in jazz or fusion. Honored by the President of India Award. He had collaborations in the past with the renowned violinists Gilles Apap and Alexandru Tomescu, the Italian jazz pianist Giuliana Soscia and Indo-Italian band Anatma.
EMILIO BEZZI (RENAISSANCE LUTE)
Performed concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, and Russian Federation. He recorded for Brillant Classics and Tactus. He also cooperates with the historical dance Company “il Ballarino” and ADA as a researcher in the study and development of the Western Dance from XV-XVII.
UDHAI MAZUMDAR (TABLA)
Direct disciple of Ravi Shankar, with whom he studied in the ancient tradition, living together with the master. He has toured in India, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.