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Saanjh

Saanjh

The concept of Saanjh is unique, bringing underrepresented composers to the core of its performance, but with a modern, fresh, and relevant approach. The programme evolves and responds to world events, and will leave you bathed in an enchanting aura of Indian and Western classical sounds.

Amanda MacLeod, Festival Director, St Andrews Voices

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:

Shalimar Op. 177 | Alan Hovhaness

Sarang | Hindustani improvisation on Raag Brindavan Sarang

Lotus land Op. 47 no.1 | Cyril Scott

Four Indian Love Lyrics | Amy Woodforde Finden

Tabla Solo (teen taal) | Hardeep Deerhe

Plainchant in Raag Kapi | 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, sound, and performance artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary one that crosses over into performance, teaching, and sound 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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