Friday, June 2, 2023
One of the most Ancient instruments of India, the Bansuri ( bans [bamboo] + swar [a musical note] ) is a transverse alto flute made of a single length of bamboo and has six or seven open finger holes. There are no keys to produce sharps and flats, therefore all accidentals and microtones, as well as meend (glissandi) and other ornaments, so important in Indian classical music, are produced by a unique fingering technique. Sitar on the other hand is a much newer addition, a plucked lute of North Indian classical music. It has a gourd resonator covered with a thin wooden plank and a long neck cum fingerboard with a rectangular peg box at the top mainly made of Mahagony wood.
The Indian Classical music is closely connected to nature and is known to be inspired by nature, seasons and even times of the day. Indian Classical music is inspired by folk melodies but it requires steadfast learning and an in-depth and rigorous regime of training to enhance and master the craft. The beauty of Indian Classical music is that it is not confined and a majority of the pieces are based on improvisation. Even though the musical compositions are fixed, however the music is improvised within the structure of the notes. This gives the music a spontaneous freedom that results in each artist and every performance being completely unique.
Together Stephanie Bosch and Hindol Deb will present compositions and improvisations from Indian classical music.
Stephanie first studied recorder and transverse flute with Manfredo Zimmermann at the Musikhochschule Köln/Wuppertal, Germany and continued her studies with Prof. Han Tol and Thera de Clerck at the Rotterdams Conservatory where she completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2000 and her Masters of Performing Arts in 2002. She is the founder of the Baroque chamber music Ensemble „La Gioia Köln“ as well as playing baroque transverse flute with different Baroque Orchestras as the Telemannische Collegium Michaelstein, Collegium Cartusianum and L’arte del mondo.
Later, she discovered the north Indian flute Bansuri and became a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. She finished did her post graduated finally at the World Music Department of Rotterdam Conservatory under his guidance. As a solo-artist on the Bansuri Stephanie Bosch has performed in Germany and the Netherlands, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Stephanie was invited by the Royal Netherlands Embassy to a tour in Pakistan to play a few concerts, “Klangkosmos Weltmusik” Tour in NRW, Germany with 16 concerts, followed by an invitation of the WDR to record for a personal radio broadcast.
Sitarist and Composer Hindol Deb was initiated into Indian Classical Music at the age of 5 by his father Sri Panchanan Sardar from whom he learnt for many years. Thereafter he went on to learn from different other imminent Gurus like Pandit Santosh Bannerji and Pandit Deepak Choudhury to finally find his own Individuality and sound. He finished his masters in jazz Improvisation from the Hochschule für Musik, Köln.
Being aware that Indian classical is the only genre using all the microtones between an Octave, Hindol uses this possibility to the fullest. He weaves beautiful melodic Web through different Ragas and Rhythms creating a meditative yet ecstatic atmosphere. With a high technical finesse and Knowledge of different Ragas and their effects on the Mind and Psyche, in a performance he binds them together to give a unique musical experience to the listeners. Apart from Indian Classical Hindol is also involved in various world music projects, the latest being his own album Essence of Duality which is supported by Initiative Musik, Germany.
Hindol has been exploring the infinite combinations in the Crossover of Indian music with various other genres like Contemporary Western Classical, Jazz, Flamenco, Nordic folk music and has performed together with Renaud Garcia Fons, Marina Abrahmovic, Markus Stockhausen, Sebastian Gramss, Uma Dogra, Daksha Mashruwala among others.