The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia presents the singular stylings of Anoushka Shankar on April 27, 2019, at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Divine sitar player, acclaimed composer, and one of contemporary India’s cultural gems, the award-winning artist will perform songs from her brand-new compilation album Reflections — which draws on classical ragas as well as contemporary cross-cultural pieces that showcase the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. Shankar will be joined on stage by exceptionally gifted instrumentalists Ojas Adhiya (tabla), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam), Ravichandra Kulur (flute), Danny Keane (cello and piano), and Kenji Ota (tanpura).
Shankar’s music embodies a “spirit of innovation and experimentation” (Nitin Sawhney). Her unerring commitment to progressively disseminating Indian classical and world music has earned her numerous awards, including the British House of Commons Shield in 1998 and the Songlines Best Artist Award in 2012. She has been nominated for six Grammy Awards.
Her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, guided her musical education through Indian classical music traditions. It was under his tutelage that she made her professional debut as a sitarist at the age of 13. Across her illustrious career, Shankar has worked with such renowned names as Herbie Hancock, Sting, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Joshua Bell, Wayne Shorter, and Chaka Khan. She has performed for sold-out audiences at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Barbican Centre in London.
Shankar’s new album Reflections (2019) is a compilation of works from previous releases Land of Gold, Traveller, Traces of You, Breathing Under Water, and Rise. The album opens with “The Sun Won’t Set,” which features her half-sister Norah Jones and was written 30 days after the death of their father. Academy Award nominee Vanessa Redgrave’s iconic voice appears on “Remain the Sea,” a powerful commentary on the European refugee crisis. In the all-instrumental performance at the Chan Centre, Shankar will draw from these and other significant recordings from throughout her career.
The Chan Centre also looks forward to announcing its vibrantly eclectic 2019/20 concert series at the beginning of the concert.
Chan Centre Connects Events (chancentre.com/connects)
A series of ancillary events programmed in conjunction with Chan Centre performances, exploring the role of arts and artists in society.
• Pre-show Talk with Nina Buddhdev – Sat, April 27, 7:15pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre. Heritage arts advocate, consultant, and artist mentor Nina Buddhdev explores Anoushka Shankar’s rooted musical devotion, her compelling personal journey, and the emotion mirrored in her newly released album, Reflections, and shares some of her own memories of producing concerts for the masters of Indian classical music including Anoushka’s late father, Shri Pt. Ravi Shankar. Free for concert ticket holders.
Chan Centre presents Anoushka Shankar
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8pm
Ticket Prices: From $46
Address: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Box Office: 604-822-2697 / chancentre.com
Photo by Rolex Fadil Berisha
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