Fulcrum Point New Music Project, based in Chicago, put on an exciting evening of new Indian/Western crossover music on November 1, 2014. The performance featured the premier of Param Vir‘s new sarod concerto, Raga Fields, with soloist Soumik Datta. Soumik checks in from Rio:
Vir says of his work:
“The diverse sides of the mix uniquely stretch the comfort zones of the different traditions to reach to the ‘otherness’ of their counterpart, and to both reflect and confront each other in brilliant and sometimes jagged exchanges. Modal, tonal and atonal harmonic fields embed and merge into fleeting Raga‐like allusions, all of them encased in rich western contemporary counterpoint and orchestration.
“The work is a mirror to the contemporary world where monolithic cultures have given way to a melting pot of possibilities drawn from everything and everywhere. In this distorting mirror of ever-‐present otherness, we are sometimes challenged to view one another in new light, thereby discovering our common ground and embracing our differences.” (read the full article here)
Vir’s concerto was featured as part of a diverse array of approaches to Indian/Western collaboration, from ‘Himmat’/Mingus in Miyanki Blues performed by Kalyan Pathak’s Jazz Mata, the Midwest Premiere of Shirish Korde‘s Lalit, a duet for flute and tabla, as well as the World Premiere of Mara by Pranita Jain and Kalapriya Dance.