Atish-e-Zaban @ Festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques

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On February 24, 2013 Sandeep Bhagwati’s Atish-e-Zaban for 6 singers during the Festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques at Hexagram UQAM (Agora Hydro Québec).

A capella between the East and West: voices from Germany take on the historic oral tradition of Indian music, through a work inspired by an Urdu poem, set to music by an adventurous composer, Sandeep Bhagwati. In this matinée, situated at several artistic and geographical crossroads, the six singers of the Neue Vocalsolisten engage with the political poetry of Pakistan’s Faiz Ahmad Faiz. In Atish-e-Zaban (Fires of the Tongue) they become the audience’s daring guides into a soundscape of an imagined avant-garde Indian music… singing with fiery tongues and not getting burnt!