Calling all musicians
Blockhouse Bay musician and teacher Basant Madhur invites local musicians – both amateur and professional - to join him in creating a community orchestra. The orchestra will fuse the musical traditions of Western and Indian classical music and bring together the diverse musical backgrounds of West Aucklanders. The idea is to learn together, sharing and celebrating the endless possibilities of music.
Basant Madhur is trained in Indian classical music, an art form based on structured improvisation. It uses a framework of melody and rhythm to create a space for improvisation and creativity to occur within. From simple rules, complex and endlessly changing music emerges. The music can be played on any instrument. Basant and the musicians of the Sargam School of Music will teach the orchestra members the basic principles of Indian classical music, leading them on a musical adventure of discovery, exchange and collaboration.
The idea for the community orchestra was inspired by the London Philharmonia’s 2016 initiative Universal Notes, a highly successful cross-cultural collaboration between British and Indian musicians. Search for “Universal Notes” on YouTube to see more.
The orchestra will hold its first rehearsal on Sunday 8 July at 5:30 pm at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday and Thursday evenings in July and August, culminating in a public performance in late August.
To find out more and register your interest visit www.artswhau.org.nz/orchestra
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