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Saanjh

Saanjh

A concert of real international and intercultural significance ... a fabulous programme played and sung brilliantly. The trio created what at times felt like a deep meditation. Everyone was captivated ... you could have heard a pin drop!

Hawick Music Club

An extraordinarily beautiful concert ... we’re very privileged to have seen and heard them. Virtuoso improvisation with an east-west fusion of melody and rhythm ... we were left literally speechless with delight!

Penicuik Community Arts Association

Trio - Vocal & Instrumental

Instrumentation

  • Ankna Arockiam - Voice
  • Edward Cohen - Piano
  • Hardeep Deerhe - Tabla

Repertoire

Inspiration for this innovative soundscape has been drawn from the following works:

Poetry by Sarojni Naidu and Mirabai

China Gates

Composed by John Adams

Shalimar

Rain Jhala | Jhala of the fountains |

Composed by Alan Hovhaness

(Shalimar in Hindi means garden)

Sarang

Hindustani improvisation on Raag Brindavan Sarang

Lotus Land

Composed by Cyril Scott

Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant’s Song

Composed by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

Kashmiri Song

Till I Wake

Four Indian Love Lyrics

Composed by Amy Woodforde Finden

Raag Kafi – Chota Khayal

Tabla Solo (teen taal)

Composed by Hardeep Deerhe

Plainchant in Raag Kapi

Composed by Amit Anand and Ankna Arockiam

Biography

Winners of Chamber Music Scotland's 2022 Underrepresented Composers Tour Opportunity, Ankna Arockiam, Edward Cohen, and Hardeep Deerhe created Saanjh (translates as dusk in Hindi) for St Andrews Voices festival. They call on their eclectic influences to portray a collection of musical scenes. Through collaboration, cultures will merge, blending voice, piano, and tabla, with elements of improvisation and conversation.

Originally from India, Ankna moved to Glasgow in 2011. Since then, she has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and continues to study singing with Margaret Izatt. She is currently completing her PhD, studying the musical, cultural, and social identities of young Western classical musicians in Indian cities. Her singing career continues and as a soloist she has performed in various festivals and venues across India and the UK. She regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists and is part of an Indo-Celtic Glasgow-based band. Apart from singing and research, Ankna is the founder of Glasgow Sitare (singing group for South Asian women) and is on the board for Children’s Classic Concerts, MusiQuE, and Nevis Ensemble.

Edward has a wealth of experience both on the concert platform and as an educator, and regularly collaborates with leading musicians in major performance venues and festivals. As well has holding a post of Lecturer in Accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is a principal study piano teacher for the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and pianist for the choruses of the RSNO. He is a first class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and holds MMus degrees with distinction in both Solo Piano and Accompaniment from the RCS.

Hardeep is an accomplished Scottish-based musician, composer, and sound artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary one that crosses over into performance, teaching, and design. His work has taken him on numerous tours around the USA, Canada, India, and Europe. Hardeep's recordings are distributed and published worldwide, and he has written music for German-based band 'Homebound' and 'Reveal'. He is a classically trained tabla player, vocalist, improviser, and composer. With education at the heart of his art, he recently started the Talking Tabla Academy, training students in the art of Tabla and Indian rhythmic patterns. He is the co-founder of SCrAN (Scottish Creative Asian Network), and is the current producer of the Glasgow Mela.

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