Shared Values Festival 2019

Sitar
Clem Alford
At Nehru centre London
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Shared Values is a festival of Indian art music (both classical & contemporary) that seeks to showcase the achievements of non-South Asian (primarily Western) musicians who have wholeheartedly adopted the aesthetic values of this music and emerged as accomplished performers. We believe that the breadth and depth of these artists’ with their adoptive musical culture can only be put in perspective when they are given an opportunity to share a platform with leading indigenous performers to reiterate that Indian art music is universal, welcoming and inclusive.

Clem 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 Udit Pankhania - Tabla

In association with SAMA Arts Network.