17 October, 2018 to 27 October, 2018
Albaluna, a music band from Portugal, visited Kolkata during Durga Puja. Soaking in the ambience of frenzied festivities in the City of Joy, the band performance and enthralled the audience at a community Puja in the city on October 17. Then it visited Tepantar theatre village in Bardhaman district for a three-day workshop with Baul brothers Sadhu and Kangal Das from Birbhum’s Kenduli. Their collaborative chemistry came to the fore during a joint performance at Tepantar on October 24. Albaluna’s next stop was Kalimpong where it first performed alone and then jointly with the Baul brothers at the inauguration of the 3-day Darjeeling-Kalimpong Folk Festival and held the audience captive with their magical melodies.
20 March, 2018 to 30 March, 2018
Music transcends boundaries, and literally at times! Singer Katalin Burns’ twin trips to West Bengal in a year from her home in Hungary proved it yet again. It is the sheer love of music that bridges all divide! Katalin Burns of Budapest, Hungary, is a singer with a mission to bridge cultures through music. She visited Bengal from 19th to 29th March 2018 and participated in two collaborations. Her performances were enthralling and she went live for the show at Biswa Bangla Haat on 24th March, Calcutta Rowing Club on 25th March. The audience got to experience experimental music from her collaborative project with Bengal musicians.
28 December, 2017 to 15 January, 2018
Duo Fatale comprises Jopo and Ingeborg Poffet of Switzerland. They are composers, teachers, producers and soloists. Jopo plays the clarinet and saxophone and Ingeborg the accordion. They play regularly at international festivals and work on electronic music, creating non-stop new formations, compositions, concepts and multimedia events. The duo first visited West Bengal in November 2016 to explore the region’s heritage and collaborate with local musicians. The experience spurred them to revisit Bengal from 28th December 2017 to 15th January 2018. During both visits, they collaborated with local musicians and performed in village festivals and select venues in Kolkata.
7 December, 2017 to 19 December, 2017
Madagán, a four-member traditional Irish music band of Belfast, Northern Ireland, visited Bengal from 7th to 19th December, 2017. Madagán takes its name from the iconic mountain Beann Mhadagán or Madagán’s Peak. Their songs are in Irish and English, and come from both sacred and secular traditional repertoire. The band members are Conor Lamb, Deirdre Galway, Jason O’Rourke and Maria Rafferty. The melodies they presented were a combination of Irish and Scots-influenced traditional tunes, and new compositions with unique arrangements. Two instruments, the Uilleann pipes and Concertina, are largely unknown outside Ireland.
29 November, 2017 to 16 December, 2017
Santiago Cordoba of Argentina is a percussionist of the well known “Violentango” or the ambassadors of the new tango movement. He set out on a tour of Bengal in the winter of 2017 (29th November to 16th December 2017) and enthralled audiences with his solo concept “Corso”, a kaleidoscope of various percussion instruments, loops, samples, piano, and guitar. Santiago’s thoroughly composed and well-structured music, with intermittent interchanges, acquired a compelling edge with his intense and elegant playing style. He collaborated with Piyush Baul, Somnath Das Baul and Tanmoy Pan and performed.
21 October, 2017 to 5 November, 2017
Tita Nzebi, a young singer born in Gabon, central Africa, and settled in Paris, made a 16-day tour of Bengal from 20th October to 5th November, 2017. Her musical journey connected audiences with the little known Nzebi community of Gabon. She has two albums to her credit — M’biss Miti, directed by Congolese guitarist Sec Bidens, and Metiani, which firmly entrenched her position as a lyricist and composer. Tita collaborated with two folk musicians of Bengal, Sumanta Das Baul and Titas Sen, and performed at select venues in Kolkata, Biswa Bangla Haat in New Town and village festivals.
18 February, 2017 to 28 February, 2017
Katalin Burns of Budapest, Hungary, is a singer with a mission to bridge cultures through music. Inspired by the Indian sub-continent, she creates a unique fusion of vocal techniques, moods and improvisational styles and collaborates as a soloist with international artists from across the world. She visited Bengal from 19th to 28th February 2017 and participated in two collaborations. Her performances were enthralling and she went live for the show at Akhra@Baitanik on 26th February. The audience got to experience experimental music from her collaborative project with Kolkata musician Arjit Chakraborty.
14 January, 2017 to 28 January, 2017
Mothership and Lukkif is an award winning electro-acoustic duo comprising musicians and composers Anne Eltard and Jullie Kirstine Hjetland of Denmark. They have their roots in the Nordic tradition and experiment with Nordic traditional music and electronic tunes. The duo visited Bengal from 14th to 21st January 2017. In Kolkata, they collaborated with Folk Foundation, which works with folk music incorporating Latin, Reggae and other elements to create fusion melodies. The duo went live for a performance at Biswa Bangla Haat and the inauguration of Wooden Doll Mela at Natungram, Bardhaman. They also performed at Akhra@Baitanik.