Monday, June 10, 2013

Music Monday: Naresh Sohal

The composer Naresh Sohal  was born in Punjab in 1939 and moved to the UK in the early 1960s.

Sohal was profiled in the Financial Times last week: 'he lives in a modest house in Brockley, southeast London, and draws ideas for his music from cosmology, Sanskrit philo­sophy and the European classical tradition'. The feature included a photograph of him in the garden of his home, where he has lived for the last 18 years.

 The 2013 Proms will feature the premiere of a BBC-commissioned work by Sohal entitled 'The Cosmic Dance'.

The youtube clip below features the soprano Sally Silver and tabla player Sanju Sahai performing Sohal's Gitanjali, a setting of writing by Rabindranath Tagore. Incidentally Silver also lives locally in SE14, in fact sometimes I hear her practicing when I'm walking the dog!

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