Calcutta
Calcutta

Calcutta

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

 

 

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