The GHARANA MUSIC PROJECT is an open- and global-minded intercultural music project incorporating musicians from North India and Germany:
Swapan Bhattacharya (Tabla), Christian Kuzio (Bass, Guitar), Anjan Saha (Sitar), Koushik Bhattacharya (Vocal)
Ronny Bruch (Drums, Vibes), Manoj Baruah (Violin), Goutam Bhattacharya (Srikhol) and Danny Deutschmann (Sound-Engineer) whose intention is to enter into a creative dialogue with the respective other culture and to open up new musical paths.
Trans-cultural mix of classical North India music and occidental music culture.
Self-improvement through interpreting musical themes of both cultures.
All instruments are presented individually; whereas common musical improvisations happen in different orchestration.
connects people and promotes their development.
Gharana is a traditional method of playing and teaching the North Indian classical music’s unique characteristics of composition, instrumentation and singing. With the exceptional constellation of instruments, the project collective works with Gharana as basis for exploring new sounds and expressions in combination with dramaturgical sound design.
Despite the Gharana tradition though, the project does not feature an almighty leader. Instead the musicians share the idea of intercultural understanding, sensible and versatile dealing with improvised music, a yearning for freedom and tolerance as well as the urge to musically articulate all this on stage. In context of the Gharana Project traditional content of Gharana is interpreted.
is privileged to bring the artists of the Orient and the Occident to a podium.
Swapan Bhattacharya was director of the Institute for Classical Indian Music in Hamburg/Germany for over twenty years, meanwhile again with main residence in Kolkata, he founded the "GHARANA MUSIC PROJECT" in 2011. Depending on the concert schedule, the artists perform with three to seven musicians (including guest musicians). Since 2012, they have been working to refine their sound and have been active on stage ever since.
In Germany e.g. at the "Breminale", at the cultural festival "Altonale", in the "Circus Fantasia", in the "Universe Alltona"and at the "Fusion Festival".
In India: "Manindra Sangeet Tirtha" Music Akademi - Kolkata / State of West Bengal, Serampore "Town Hall" - Kolkata / State of West Bengal, in the "Aryabhatt Auditorium" - Ranchi / State of Jharkhand as well as in the "Rabindra Bhavan" - Guwahati / State of Assam.
graduated in 2011 at the HMT Rostock in the course DrumPop-Worldmusic / Classical with Dietrich Wörlin and Edith Salmen. He is a teacher with a focus on world music, works as a DJ, plays theater music and is a successful drummer in various unconventional formations and projects.
the Calcutta born artist studied with Guru Pandit Shaymal Bose and became one of the internationally known Tabla musicians of the recent years. As ambassador for the North Indian classical music, he wows his audience with virtuous and authentic performances and an incredible instinct for stand-alone musical cooperations. He is a genius in this field, highly praised, honored and deeply revered.
studied Guitar at the HMT Rostock and Composition at the LTU Pitea in Sweden. Since 2006, the versatile musician has composed and produced full-time theater music and works as musical director. He is a guitarist on the improvisation projects "Die Reise" and "Zwei Paar Schuh", has worked for the Goethe-Institut, SWR and NDR and is featured in various functions on various publications.
was born in Howrah, the son of Indian classical singer Pt. Pataki Bhattacharjee. At the age of seven he began taking lessons from his father, followed by other teachers over the years. In addition to his work as a singer on the stages of this world, from the U.S.A. to Europe, the multiple award-winning artist teaches in India and passes on his knowledge and wealth of experience.
began his sitar training at the age of six with his guru Debiprasad Chatterjee. He is a virtuous Sitarist and a celebrated artist from Kolkata. He teaches at Rabindra Bharati University as a music teacher and has given many concerts in India and Europe. With his personal style of unique sound quality, he won the hearts of the world music lovers.
began learning the Violin at the age of ten from his brother, Deepak. He continued with his studies and received the "Master of Art" degree in instrumental music from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata. Manoj is an internationally acclaimed artist, playing regularly on "All India Radio" and "Doordashan TV" in India and presenting his music in Bangladesh and Europe.
is a representative of the Indian traditional percussion instrument of srikhol and tabla and took his tabla training under the guidance of Pandit Swapan Bhattacharya. In 2001 Goutam received the national scholarship award from the Indian state, played many concerts with the Tabla, the Pakhawaj and the Srikhol in different parts of India as well as in Bangladesh and gives performances on "All India Radio" and TV.
works as a sound engineer for live music and studio productions and is hired for system management of complex sound reinforcement systems. In his work as a sound engineer, he has a wealth of experience and has worked for artists in rock, pop, jazz and world music, as well as musicians in classical Indian music.
„Do you want to get to know a society, so listen to their music.“
German-Indian cultural relations are in an emerging state. Just as the general relations between India and Germany deepen, the long tradition of a cultural exchange between the nations helps this upswing. Still, there is an imbalance – at least by looking at the exchange of music. While Indian music of all kinds, from Hindi-Pop to the Classic, is established and independent of e.g. governmental support in the German cultural landscape, German music has a hard time to reach an Indian audience.
To allow a differentiated picture of contemporary german music culture in India an extra effort is needed. Here the Gharana Project builds a bridge - it conveys both occidental and indian music culture and constantly creates new creative synergies. We all know that music is an universal language. We strive for some new dialects – non-verbal, straight forward and by all means emotional.
Citation by Helmut Glaßl
GHARANA MUSIK PROJECT, an exciting journey into a distant world of musical artists between East and West. It sounds as if Shrikohl and E-Bass, Tabla and Drums, Sitar and Guitar have always been musically united. Experimental music full of meditative harmonies. Each performance is unique, as the dynamic relationships between musicians and audiences create a whole new and unforgettable experience each time. Listen and see for yourself.
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