GemArts is flying through their Autumn/Winter season, featuring world-class musicians from the UK and abroad and incredible collaborations between Indian classical, Bollywood and jazz, while also delivering workshops with community groups and schools across the region.
Continuing throughout this month, GemArts Riverside Ragas presents an out of this world performance from rising star Debasmita Bhattacharya (Fri 3rd Nov) on Sarod, accompanied by one of the UK’s top Tabla players, Gurdain Rayatt, at Sage Gateshead. Picking up the Sarod at the age of 6 was not without its challenges, but Debasmita’s dedication and skill can be seen in her performances, and the accolades and awards she has already received.
Audiences at Riverside Ragas enjoy captivating concerts, from leading lights of the Indian classical music scene, with free pre-concert talks and masterclasses from those in the know. Join GemArts from 7:00pm for an in-conversation before the main event at 7:45pm.
Working with Durham University’s Musicon concert series, GemArts welcomes an accomplished musician, Josh Feinberg (Tue 14th Nov) to the beautiful surroundings of St Chad’s College. Josh is one of the best-kept secrets of the Hindustani music scene. Beginning his training in piano and western classical jazz at an early age, Josh made the move to Sitar in his teens. Known and loved by top musicians and audiences alike, he represents the future of sitar and the growing diversity of Hindustani music. Josh has a fresh approach to sitar with something unique to say.
For truly global, forward-thinking music, GemArts and Jazz North East invite Sandrani to The Jazz Café (Fri 24th Nov). An ensemble fusing classical Indian Raag and folk song with Western-style grooves, African music, and improvisations, Sandrani make music that is both exciting yet easily accessible for all.To find out more and keep up-to-date with all GemArts’ events visit www.gemarts.org.