Association culturelle pour la promotion des échanges entre l’Inde et la France
samedi 23 septembre 2017
[InChorus] #4: European Clarinet and Indian Santoor Duet - Alliance française of Delhi
The second season of [InChorus] starts with a concert
featuring the collaboration of theFrench clarinet player
Laurent Clouet and the Indian santoor player Abhay Rustum Sopori, two genius
of improvisation gathered for a musical journey from the hills of Caucase to
the mountains of Kashmir.
They will be accompanied by Zakir Akhtar Husein on
tabla and Rishi Shankar Upadhyay on pakhavaj.
[Laurent Clouet - Clarinet] is a clarinet and saxophone
player, exploring a wide range of genres through his travels and meetings with
musicians from oral tradition. During the past fifteen years he specialized in
music from the Balkan with great masters as Selim Sesler (Turkey), Petar
Voinikov (Bulgaria). Manos Achalinotopoulos and Stavros Pazarentsis
(Greece). He is involved in many ensembles such as the
Trio Bey.Ler.bey, a group of improvised music from the Balkans.
Rustum Sopori - Santoor] is a young santur maestro who belongs to a family
of great players from Kashmir, associated with the Sufiana Gharana. His
grandfather. Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori, and his father, Pandit Bhajan Sopori,
have trained him since a very young age. Abhay has already been awarded several
prestigious distinctions and has collaborated with many artists like the
prominent conductor Zubin Mehta.
Akhtar Hussain - Tabla] started his training on tabla from his grandfather
Late Ustad Mehdi Hussain Khan, from the tradition known as "Farrukhabad
Gharana" and later from his father Ustad Akhtar Hasan. He is developing
his career as a solo player as well as an accompanist of instrumental music,
vocal music and Kathak performances. Zakir holds a MA in Music and graduated in
Humanities from Kirorimal College (Delhi University). He is an A Graded
approved artist of All India Radio. & [Rishi
Shankar Upadhyay - pakhawaj] learnt from his grandfather, the late maestro
Pt. Ramji Upadhyay and his father, the pakhawaj player Pt Ravi Shankar
Upadhyay. The art of playing pakhawaj has been a tradition in his family for
many generations. Rishi has given several solo and duet performances and also
accompanied various reputed artist in India and around the World. He plays
regularly with Abhay Rustum Sopori.