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.
18 February, 2017 to 28 February, 2017
Katalin Burns of Budapest, Hungary, is a singer with a mission to bridge cultures through music. Inspired by the Indian sub-continent, she creates a unique fusion of vocal techniques, moods and improvisational styles and collaborates as a soloist with international artists from across the world. She visited Bengal from 19th to 28th February 2017 and participated in two collaborations. Her performances were enthralling and she went live for the show at Akhra@Baitanik on 26th February. The audience got to experience experimental music from her collaborative project with Kolkata musician Arjit Chakraborty.
14 January, 2017 to 28 January, 2017
Mothership and Lukkif is an award winning electro-acoustic duo comprising musicians and composers Anne Eltard and Jullie Kirstine Hjetland of Denmark. They have their roots in the Nordic tradition and experiment with Nordic traditional music and electronic tunes. The duo visited Bengal from 14th to 21st January 2017. In Kolkata, they collaborated with Folk Foundation, which works with folk music incorporating Latin, Reggae and other elements to create fusion melodies. The duo went live for a performance at Biswa Bangla Haat and the inauguration of Wooden Doll Mela at Natungram, Bardhaman. They also performed at Akhra@Baitanik.
21 November, 2016 to 28 November, 2016
Oi Dipnoi is an Italian music trio from Sicily who excel in the symbiosis of tradition and innovation with their roots firmly entrenched in the musical culture of the island of Sicily. They visited West Bengal in November 2016. They jammed with Dotara, Khamak and Tabla with their Diatonic Accordion, Bagpipe and Mouth Harp and identified a familiarity with the sounds of some instruments like Harmonium, which they related to Accordion. They held a collaborative workshop with Bengal Italian Music Ensemble, performed at Tepantar theatre village’s annual festival, and an improvisation concert with Kolkata’s Surma Dohar trio.