Announcement - three composers selected to work with Kuljit Bhamra

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Portfolio Kuljit Bhamra 2015 

We are delighted to announce that three composers have been selected to work with Kuljit Bhamra as part of Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme.

Kuljit Bhamra  is one of the most inspiring musicians in the British Asian music scene. Previous Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, he is perhaps best known as one of the pioneers of British Bhangra and for his unique tabla technique. The selected composers will develop their skills in writing for tabla, percussion and harp, using the notation system developed by Kuljit himself, premiering their works in mid 2016.

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Kuljit Bhamra, Portfolio partner, said: 

"I'm thrilled that my mission to democratise the learning and playing of the Tabla Drum is on its way to being fulfilled at Sound and Music's Portfolio Scheme. Selected composers Sarah Sayeed, Pete Yelding & Laura Reid will write music using my Tabla Notation system that has been road-tested at the SAM Young Composer's Summer School over the past 6 years - and more recently unveiled on the percussion-chair in the west end musical Bend it like Beckham. Very excited that more people will be able to experience and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Tabla Drum!"


About the composers

Sarah Sayeed

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Sarah Sayeed is a writer/performer who has grown up on a musical diet of Tagore, Motown and electronica. These influences can be heard across the works she has created over the years. Performing nationally and internationally with shows to include Samson and Delilah, Sydney Festival, BBC Mela, Brighton Fringer and DePercussion. Trained in Indian classical techniques with maestro Swati Natekar, she has released work through Public Transit Recordings and her own single Black Is independently. Described by Bobby Friction as a ‘360 degree conscious artist’ Sarah has completed her debut album The Elements, due for future general release. Sarah is currently one half of new folk electronica duet, Myth of Her.

Laura Reid

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Based in Dorset, Laura was born in Sheffield 1977. Laura studied Music at Newcastle University, graduating in 1999.  Laura then gained a distinction in Indian Classical Music Performance (Trinity College) and completed an MA in Composition (City University, 2006). Laura’s compositions have been performed by Ensemble Eleven and by members of London Sinfonietta at LSO St.Lukes.

Laura’s eclectic career has encompassed many styles of music, collaborating with: singer songwriter Kathryn Williams, AV artists the Light Surgeons, The Matinee Orchestra (Arable Records), Thea Gilmore, Maximo Park (Warp Records), Fourhands, and performing on Later with Jools Holland, and Folk Brittania (BBC4). 


Pete Yelding 

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Since picking up the cello from an early age, Pete has engaged with a number of  musical forms that determine the basis of his philosophies, practices and output. A large part of his childhood and teens was spent on small community camps and festivals, where encounters with musicians from across the world taught him a great deal. He went on to study Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, where at the same time he also became a sitar student of Clem Alford. The ideologies, methods and techniques of his principal composition tutors, Michael Wolters and Howard Skempton, as well as those of the late European modernists, American experimentalists, West-African Griots and of course, Hindustani musicians aided Pete in developing a useful approach to dealing with sound. As a result he was able to boil the elements of his own practices and interests down into a singular set of principles, which have determined his music, lifestyle and politics ever since. Now, whether he is performing his own work, improvising or writing for other performers his practice can be easily recognised. 


About the Programme 

Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of work and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences. 
Selected composers are invited to develop a small-scale, short new work for a leading UK organisation, performers, or performer. These are developed through a series of workshops during which the composer will work in close collaboration with the performers supported by an experienced composer mentor. The process culminates in a public performance of the new work within the performer’s performance schedule. 

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