Next month will witness a unique coming together of some of the country's most celebrated female musicians in Mumbai where eight women performers will present the folk music of their state in a contemporary style at this unique folk fusion festival.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
RIFF 2013 - Rajasthan International Folk Festival - Kalpana Patowary to present Bhikhari Thakur's Bhojpuri folk traditional music in October 2013.
Jodhpur RIFF on its way.
The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur.
Some of the other highlights for this year
Daud Khan Sadozai, master and living legend
of the Robab, an Afghani lute-like instrument, gives a virtuoso performance.
Daud Khan then collaborates with the young classical Sarangi maestro Dilshad
Khan and oud master Joseph Tawadros.
Gypsy Allstars: The 'Gypsy Allstars"
lead by Cedric Leonardi, Mario Reyes and Antonio Carmona presenting a special
performance at RIFF this year - come to India for the first time on a project
called "Return to Rajasthan". Their repertoire will include
collaborations with Rajasthani artists on new pieces, as well as new
arrangements of some iconic and joyful familiar songs - Volare, Bomboleo, Un
Amour and so many more.
The Manganiyar of Marwar: Jodhpur RIFF
presents glimpses of the immense repertoire and varied skills of this prolific
musician community throughout the festival... including a dawn concert
featuring the vocal beauty of the brothers Barkat and Jalal khan Manganiyar
singing bhajans to the folk deity Bananath; an interactive session with
stalwarts of the community; Manganiyar musicians at the Desert Lounge; and the
premiere of a new performance created by them.
Desert Lounge: What started as an experiment
has become something quite special at Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur RIFF presented a
Sharad Poornima, all-acoustic Rajasthani folk concert in the Rao Jodha Desert
and Rock Park. Pradeep Krishen (filmmaker, environmentalist and the curator/
designer of the park) was inspired by the event and since then, has arranged
all-acoustic Manganiyar artists' concerts on every full moon night between
March-September this year. Jodhpur RIFF 2013 will some of these and many more
artists at its second Sharad Poornima midnight concert on the 18th of October
Introducing the folk accordion - with Linda
Gytri (Norway) and SPIRO (England): Jodhpur RIFF presents two groups from
Europe, both featuring the accordion, the hallmark of much of the folk music of
that continent, but set to very different music. One, lilting and melodic and the
other, mesmeric and impassioned.
Bidesia in Bambai
Jodhpur RIFF embarks on a new exploration of
our relationships to traditional music by looking at "Jahaji Music"
and "Bidesia in Bambai" - two documentary films by Surabhi Sharma
exploring the movement of Bhojpuri music and a special performance on the Legacy
of Bhikari Thakur by Kalpana Patowary.
Maru Tarang - collaboration between Jeff
Lang, folk/jazz singer, guitarist and songwriter and Asin Langa on Sindhi
Sarangi, accompanied by Bobby Singh on tabla and Bhungar Manganiyar on khartal.
The festival is open to the public; donor
passes will be available online from August 26, 2013 at www.jodhpurriff.org