Shared Values Festival 2019

Sarangi
Nicolas Magriel
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.

Nicolas Magriel, born in New York, has been playing the Sarangi since 1970. He has studied with several distinguished Sarangi players including Ustad Sabri Khan, Pandit Gopal Mishra, Ustad Abdul Latif Khan and Ustad Mohammed Ali Khan. He has done research on various aspects of Hindustani music. He also studied vocal music with the renowned Khayal singer and musicologist Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi, dhrupad singing with Ustad Fayazuddin Dagar and Khayal with Ustad Aslam Khan. He has performed widely in the UK and Europe as a soloist and as an accompanist to vocalists and Kathak dancers, appeared many times on television and contributed Sarangi for numerous film and theatre scores.

In 2001, Nicolas completed his PhD at the University of London, analysing Sarangi style and its relationship with vocal music. From 2002 until 2008, while continuing to perform and teach Sarangi and vocal music, he was working on an AHRC-funded project transcribing and analysing 492 bandishes, the songs of Khayal, and the pre-eminent genre of Hindustani classical vocal music. The Songs of Khayal was published by Manohar Books in 2013. Many of Nicolas’s articles on Indian music have been published in journals. Nicolas went on to the research project “Beyond Text: Growing into Music”, a video-based project on the musical enculturation of children. During the last year, he has been producing www.sarangi.net, an extensive archival video website covering everything about the Sarangi and Sarangi players in India.

With guest musicians

In association with SAMA Arts Network.