Shared Values Festival 2019 – ICCR Foundation Day

Sitar
Clem Alford
At Nehru centre London
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ICCR was founded in 1950 with the objective to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations. ICCR was founded in 1950 with the objective to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations.

The Nehru Centre is delighted to mark the ICCR foundation day through a sitar concert by Clem Alford. Alford is a Scottish musician who after musical studies became rapidly enthusiastic by the rich possibilities offered by fusion music, especially by the cross relationships between West and East. In order to perfect his knowledge Clem travelled to India and studied with raga masters. A pupil of Pandit Sachindranath Saha he obtained successfully a diploma in India music (1970, Calcutta), specialised himself in “sitar” playing. After an outstanding performance for a recital in Bombay the same year, Clem has made a name in the world of Indian music. His talented “sitar” style was fully appreciated by the public and the community of specialists.

Clem Alford’s free spirited adventure has carried on worldwide. The musician performed in many countries from West to East (India, Japan and several other Asian countries). As a teacher and theorist Clem has written a guide book to explain his philosophy and how you need to play the sitar.

During the beginning of the 70’s he formed a trio, suggesting a fusion between popular music and classical raga. In 1974, he recorded his most successful album “Mirror Image”. Absolutely captivating, this album is one of the most accomplished mix between the pop/ rock structures and the sacred sound of raga music. Beautifully textured, breaking of all musical conformism. Clem has also been associated with the famous John Williams (classical guitar), John Mayer (composer/ Indo Jazz Fusions), Maurice Jarre (film scores), John Dankworth (jazz), Hemant Kumar (vocalist) and a host of other striking personalities in the world of music.

Supported by Sirish Kumar Manji - Tabla

In association with SAMA Arts Network.