Circle of Sound to launch 2nd album in Doha
Doha, March 24, 2014
Circle of Sound, a collaboration between composer Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod, and drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger, will launch its second album, Anti Hero, in Doha as part of the ongoing British Festival.
The performance in Doha will be the first stop on their Anti Hero international tour. The album features exciting collaborations with iconic musicians Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar.
The music duo Circle of Sound is arriving in Doha for the first time on March 30 to perform at the Al Rayyan Theatre, Souq Waqif.
Hailed as the 'vanguard of British Asian music' (BBC), their sound resonates with deep Indian ragas, urban beats, glockenspiels and a spirited rock attitude. The duet has now expanded to include orchestral strings, live electronics and award-winning special guests, including singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, Laura Stanford, Rosabella Gregory and Danial Keane.
Martin Hope, director of British Council Qatar said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Circle of Sound to Doha. As music brings people of all backgrounds and walks of life together in a way no other activity does, this performance speaks its own language to all residents in Qatar.
“After the Circle of Sound’s premiere at Alchemy 2011, they have toured the world representing the best of new British music, winning over audiences from across the world. We are very honoured to welcome them to Doha on their first visit to Qatar.”
Soumik Datta, composer said: “We are thrilled to be performing in Doha! This is such an exciting opportunity for us to support the British Festival 2014. Having collaborated with the British Council over the past few years, we have had the privilege of working closely with some incredible local talent. We have been amazed by the dedication and skills the local musicians here hold. It’s truly inspiring.”
Soumik Datta’s previous collaborations include Beyoncé Knowles, Nitin Sawhney, Raghu Dixit, and Bill Bailey; Olivier award winning Akram Khan, Mercury Award winner Talvin Singh, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and Javed Akhtar. He is also is a resident artist for the London-based Alchemy Festival and the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation.
The British Festival 2014, running from March 9 to April 9, is a celebratory collaboration between the British Council, the British Embassy Doha and UKTI. – TradeArabia News Service