17 October, 2018 to 27 October, 2018
Albaluna, a music band from Portugal, visited Kolkata during Durga Puja. Soaking in the ambiance of frenzied festivities in the City of Joy, the band performance and enthralled the audience at a community Puja in the city on October 17. Then they visited Tepantar theatre village in Bardhaman district for a three-day workshop with Baul brothers Sadhu and Kangal Das from Birbhum’s Kenduli. Their collaborative chemistry came to the fore during a joint performance at Tepantar on October 24. Albaluna’s next stop was Kalimpong where they jointly performed with the Baul brothers at the inauguration of the 3-day Darjeeling-Kalimpong Folk Festival and held the audience captive with their magical melodies.
20 March, 2018 to 30 March, 2018
Music transcends boundaries, and literally at times! Singer Katalin Burns’ twin trips to West Bengal in a year from her home in Hungary proved it yet again. It is the sheer love of music that bridges all divide! Katalin Burns of Budapest, Hungary, is a singer with a mission to bridge cultures through music. She visited Bengal from 19th to 29th March 2018 and participated in two collaborations. First she collaborated with Baul artist Paresh Dutta, Folk artist Sanjay Mondal, Soumendu Das and Soham Mukherjee and then during her North Bengal visit she collaborated with Bhawaiya Artists like Nazrul Islam, Himadri Dewri, Tumpa Barman, Urmi Ray, Sanawaj Pramanik Prabitra Barman, Pradyut Roy, Abinash Roy, Dipankar Roy Dakua and Malay Kinnar. Her performances were enthralling and she went live for the show at Biswa Bangla Haat on 24th March, Calcutta Rowing Club on 25th March. The audience got to experience experimental music from her collaborative project with Bengal musicians.
28 December, 2017 to 15 January, 2018
Duo Fatale comprises Jopo and Ingeborg Poffet of Switzerland. They are composers, teachers, producers and soloists. Jopo plays the clarinet and saxophone and Ingeborg the accordion. They play regularly at international festivals and work on electronic music, creating non-stop new formations, compositions, concepts and multimedia events. The duo first visited West Bengal in November 2016 to explore the region’s heritage and collaborate with local musicians. The experience spurred them to revisit Bengal from 28th December 2017 to 15th January 2018. During this visits, they collaborated with Baul Girish Khyapa, Folk singer Arghyakamal Chattopadhyay and Khokan Das and performed in village festivals.
7 December, 2017 to 19 December, 2017
Madagán, a four-member traditional Irish music band of Belfast, Northern Ireland, visited Bengal from 7th to 19th December, 2017. Madagán takes its name from the iconic mountain Beann Mhadagán or Madagán’s Peak. Their songs are in Irish and English, and come from both sacred and secular traditional repertoire. The band members are Conor Lamb, Deirdre Galway, Jason O’Rourke and Maria Rafferty. The melodies they presented were a combination of Irish and Scots-influenced traditional tunes, and new compositions with unique arrangements. Two instruments, the Uilleann pipes and Concertina, are largely unknown outside Ireland. They have collaborated with Bhawaiya artist Pradyut Roy, Baul artist Subhankar Roy and Folk artist Deepmoy Das and presented their collaboration at Kolkata and in village festivals.
29 November, 2017 to 16 December, 2017
Santiago Cordoba of Argentina is a percussionist of the well known “Violentango” or the ambassadors of the new tango movement. He set out on a tour of Bengal in the winter of 2017 (29th November to 16th December 2017) and enthralled audiences with his solo concept “Corso”, a kaleidoscope of various percussion instruments, loops, samples, piano, and guitar. Santiago’s thoroughly composed and well-structured music, with intermittent interchanges, acquired a compelling edge with his intense and elegant playing style. He collaborated with Arpita Chakraborty, Piyush Baul, Chandan Roy and Tanmoy Pan and performed at Akhra@Baitanik and Biswa Bangla Haat and also studio record their collaboration.
21 October, 2017 to 5 November, 2017
Tita Nzebi, a young singer born in Gabon, central Africa, and settled in Paris, made a 16-day tour of Bengal from 20th October to 5th November, 2017. Her musical journey connected audiences with the little known Nzebi community of Gabon. She has two albums to her credit — M’biss Miti, directed by Congolese guitarist Sec Bidens, and Metiani, which firmly entrenched her position as a lyricist and composer. Tita collaborated with folk musicians of Bengal, Gobinda Das Bairagya, Titas Sen and Sandip Bag and performed at Akhra@Baitanik, Biswa Bangla Haat in New Town and in village festivals.