Event: Portfolio Project with Kuljit Bhamra

Kuljit Bhamra
Kuljit Bhamra
Wednesday 25th October
Club Inegales, London
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Sound and Music in partnership with Kuljit Bhamra and Keda

A revolutionary Indian Drum Notation system has been devised by British Asian musician Kuljit Bhamra MBE at Keda Music making Indian percussion accessible to all musicians.

A pioneer of the British Bhangra sound and a British ambassador for South Asian music, Kuljit Bhamra has now provided a method to notate and demystify the notoriously difficult Indian musical rhythms and eradicate the hours needed to memorise complicated musical patterns. This new  system will allow people from all backgrounds and cultures to play Indian instruments through a Read and Play system. 

The Indian Drum Notation System along with a set of tabla tuition educational books will be launched on 5th October at Smethwick Library in Birmingham and 25th October at Club Inegales, London.

Sound and Music Portfolio Programme 

Partnering up with Sound and Music, Keda have been able to develop the notation system through its application with established and young emerging composers. Sound and Music’s Portfolio composers, Sarah Sayeed, Pete Yelding and Laura Reid have used the drum notation system in their compositions to create new work for the trio of tabla, marimba and harp.

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Event Details 

These new works will be premiered, along with the launch of the system on 25th October at Club Inegales, London.

Kuljit says, “anyone with a basic knowledge of western notation can now learn to play the Tabla drum by using our new Read & Play books and online support resources. Western Composers are able to incorporate and write for Indian drums in a way that has never been done before- specifying exactly what they require – whether it be a solo, band or orchestral piece.”



Alongside the Portfolio Programme the young composers at Sound and Music’s annual Summer School, which will celebrate its tenth year in 2018 have also been exploring the use of the Indian drum notation in their compositions, working alongside Kuljit and opening up their musical horizons.

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