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Riverside Ragas: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti: Trikala

Presented with GemArts

Booking Information

Pre-concert talk 7.15pm – 7.45pm

Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets: £13.10 (Family Ticket £32.70)


The official launch performance of the GemArts supported Trikala double album by Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti. Composer and classical guitarist Simon Thacker’s deep lifelong immersion in the folk, classical and spiritual forms of the Indian subcontinent and intuitive ability to propel traditions forward sees him create gloriously unpredictable, extraordinarily expansive music for his gifted Svara-Kanti ensemble.

“Simon Thacker’s musical experiments are joyously unconventional….Unlike fusing several genres, what Thacker and his team have done is create their own musical tradition.” The Hindu, India

This formidable trio features violinist and Britten Sinfonia leader Jacqueline Shave and Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky”, one of India’s most dynamic tabla players whose many notable achievements include playing on the Grammy Award winning Ry Cooder/VM Bhatt album “A Meeting By The River”.

“A formidable exploration of Asian and Western sounds that bends the traditions as much as it does one’s preconceptions” All About Jazz (USA)

Trikala is an epic which sets a new benchmark for Indo-Western collaboration, recorded over three years in both the UK and India. The launch focuses on the instrumental work which is the emotional heart of the album, drawing on both the Hindustani and Carnatic classical systems as well as a fierce individuality, channelling the explosive virtuosity of three of today’s finest performers.

As part of GemArts Riverside Ragas concert series, ticket holders can also attend the pre-concert talk at 7.15pm, free of charge.

Presented by GemArts with Sage Gateshead

A family ticket is available for £32.70 (Four people, at least one must be under 18). Please call Ticket Office to book.