The Three Seas – Baul

Songs of the Mystics
Music of the Wandering Bauls
At Nehru centre London
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The ensemble is led by Australian composer and saxophonist Matt Keegan whose search for new experience and sounds first drew him to India in 2009. It was in the beautiful town of Santiniketan that he first met these wonderful West Bengali musicians and understood that collaboration with colleagues from Australia could create something really special.  

The Three Seas is fronted by Baul singer Raju Das, whose full-hearted voice and radiant stage presence is accentuated by his mastery of the khamak and its danceable rhythms. The Bauls are a nomadic tribe with a rich cultural heritage and their own language, dance and musical style. Generations of Raju’s family have lovingly passed down these traditions with a deep emphasis on spirituality and a heartfelt focus on the vast energetic presence within the human body, as expressed through song and dance. Some of The Three Seas pieces are modern interpretations of ancient Baul songs that celebrate this spirit.

Darjeeling-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Deaoashish Mothey contribute soulful vocals and sound effects in a Himalayan style.  He also plays an array of West Bengali stringed instruments including the dotora and esraj producing intricate and mesmerising riffs.  Drummer Gaurab Chatterjee from Kolkata is a member of the popular Bengali rock band Lakkhichhara.  He is also fluent in traditional West Bengali folk percussion beats and feels.  

Master bassist Steve Elphick introduces the deep grooves that underpin the energetic and uplifting musical alchemy of The Three Seas

Matt Keegan – saxophone,

Raju Das Baul -vocals & khamak

Gaurab Chatterjee – drums & Dubki

Deoashish Mothey – lead vocals, dotara, esraj & guitar

Steve Elphick – acoustic bass

Richard Belkner – sound engineer / co-producer

In association with SAMA Arts Network.