Explore historical British-Indian crossover music through story, song, & puppetry!
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April
By 1780, the East India Company had transformed Calcutta into a small English city. Musicians travelled from London to India, bringing the music of Corelli and Handel with them. Others played their harpsichords with local groups of Indian classical musicians, and transcribed Indian music into European notation.
Explore music from the streets and soirées of a young Calcutta, where performers wound melodies from many cultures into their own traditions. Ensemble Tempus Fugit melds this unusual combination of period music and Indian song with shadow puppetry, dance and drama to tell a story of a traveller making his way to the musical heart of the City of Palaces.
Repertoire includes music by Playford, Purcell, and Locke; music for sitar and voice; period transcriptions of Hindustani and Bengali songs.
Debipriya Sircar - Indian Classical vocals
James Hall - countertenor
Jonathan Mayer - sitar
Ensemble Tempus Fugit
Katie De La Matter - harpsichord & creative director
Jamie Akers - archlute
Emily Baines - recorder & historical winds
Lucia Capellaro - viola da gamba
George Clifford - Baroque violin
Peyvand Sadeghian & Lori Hopkins - puppets
Francesca Bridge-Cicic - stage direction