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Omar Yousaf

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 7:30pm
Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park Campus
Full Price £10 | Conc £8 | BSU Students £5       
About the Show
Jyotsna Srikanth (Violin), Omar Yousaf (Dilruba) and Seemab Gill (Tabla) will perform Indian Classical Music, combining elements from North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) traditions. The performance will consist of an aalaap (non-rhythmic, opening section and elaboration of a Raaga consisting purely of improvisation within the Raaga) on the violin and dilruba, followed by compositions accompanied by the tabla. Two different Raagas will be presented, each associated with a unique mood and musical characteristics. The musicians will weave in and out of the compositions using rhythmic and cyclical improvisation while adhering to the rules of the Raagas. Indian Classical Music is devotional and meditative in its origins, and the musicians will attempt to communicate these sentiments through their music.
 Omar Yousaf is a psychology lecturer at the University of Bath, where one of the subjects that he teaches is the psychology of music. His training  in Indian Classical Music started in 2005, under the guidance of Ustad Ranbir Singh ji and Ustad Surjit Singh ji in Southall, London. He specialis es  in the dilruba instrument which is predominantly a North Indian instrument whose name is Persian (meaning 'heart-stealer' or 'charmer'). Omar  has been performing as a solo musician since 2007, and has performed in various venues in London, Cambridge, Bath, and Copenhagen. He  regards himself more as a student of music rather than a performer, and is always striving to learn more from fellow musicians. He also  supervises, and performs as a vocalist for, Indian film song cover projects at Bath Spa University where he works with several music students from  the university. The aim of these projects is to bring different musical styles together in an attempt to present old classic film music in a fresh way.  You can find Omar's videos and recordings on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GulaabiBandar  
 Seemab Gill is a young and talented tabla player who is learning the Delhi and Punjab styles of tabla under the discipleship of Ustad Shahbaz  Hussain. Seemab found a passion in tabla from a very young age, and has since accompanied various musicians nationally. While he is currently  also a full-time student, he wishes to make music his profession in the future. This performance will be Seemab's second performance in Bath. 
 Jyotsna Srikanth is the most sought after South Indian violinist in Europe, and a composer known for her versatility and ability to collaborate with  different genres seamlessly. She has flourished as a performer and composer, exploring lush ground in the crossover between Indian music and a  variety of world music & contemporary flavours.
 Her violin playing has a nice blend of musical expression and emotion with good technique, a result of three ‘decades of experimentation’ as per a  critic. Ms. Srikanth is featured in many major global music events and venues like the South Bank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Red Violin Festival &  Womad in UK and other leading venues in the world. Having played violin for nearly 300 Bollywood films and global music productions in London,  she is currently working on numerous large scale music experiments – in a way bringing communities together. Notable among the collaborations  are Nordic Raga (with Swedish Folk Musicians), Raga Garage (with Western Classical violin), Carnatic Connections (with Bollywood Brass Band),  Maya Jazz (with Balkan Jazz) and Raga Seasons (Indian violin concerto by Ms Srikanth for string orchestra or string quartet). Jyotsna was  featured with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Wembley Stadium for the community reception of the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in the presence of Mr Cameron at London, UK. She performed her composition Indian Spring for 60000 people. Her workshops on Indian Music, rhythm and Indian violin are popular. For more details visit www.indianviolin.eu.

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