On Friday, September 23, New Delhi’s Nehru Park will be converted into a music lovers’ haven. India’s star percussionist Sivamani and Germany’s solo percussionist Christoph Haberer will perform together in a concert to inaugurate ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’.
This concert will mark the beginning of the 15-month programme series of the Year of Germany in India. This will be followed by a 45-minute audio-video collective by Delhi-based BLOT.
To celebrate 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations, Germany is organising an event series, showcasing the entire spectrum of Indo-German collaboration in the fields of politics, business, culture, education, science and research. With a thematic focus on ‘StadtRäume-City Spaces’, the programme series across India will discuss the implications of rapid urbanisation and challenges posed by the fast changes in cities of both countries today.
Mumbai-based Sivamani and Dortmund-based Christoph Haberer will together create ‘Infinite Rhythms’.
Sivamani has been schooled in both the Carnatic rhythmic tradition and western jazz drums and has played around the globe with some of the best international artists. He is also a part of world music outfits such as the Zakir Hussain World Drums Ensemble, SILK, Asia Electric & Shraddha. He has also been honoured with the prestigious title of ‘Kalaimamani’ by the Tamil Nadu state.
Christoph Haberer is a percussionist as well as a composer. He has performed with renowned jazz artists and has been working on projects with percussionists of various styles such as Dou Dou N’daye Rose, Trilok Gurtu, Carlo Rizzo or Robin Schulkowsky. Fascinated by polyrhythms from the very start of his career, almost all the pieces of this programme are based on this structure.
B.L.O.T, an acclaimed audio-visual collective will be presenting a live cinema performance that fuses aspects of German and Indian culture with live music. This is a fitting tribute to the relationship that artists such as B.L.O.T have with Germany- the source and inspiration for much of global electronic music.
The concert is open for all.