Past events: 2002/2003

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October 2002

Asha Bhosle in the Royal Albert Hall

Join Asha Bhosle and a stunning group of musicians and dancers from Bombay in a night of Bollywood extravaganza! Featuring Sudesh Bhosle.

Pictured above: Asha Bhosle

Other highlights

Continuing with our regular tour programme the Spring of 2003 sees the return of the Uyghur musicians, this time from the Kashgar region. Following the highly successful 2000 tour of the Uyghur musicians from Xinjiang, the AMC is inviting a new group of musicians from this remote corner of Central Asia to perform the Uyghur Twelve Muqam.

Music of the Mystics season

For the first time the AMC is introducing the concept of a touring series focussing on mystical and ritual music traditions. Music of the Mystics will cover a wide range of groups in two part programmes in fall 2002 and 2003 presenting both well known artists and exciting new discoveries from across Asia. 
Music has proven itself as the ideal medium to transmit this "something" of a mystical experience that is essentially felt and not merely conceived through the mind. As a result, devotional poetry was and is sung not only as a way to communicate mystical teachings but also as a means to express one's relationship with the divine through sound.

Music of the Mystics season: Sidi Goma: Black Sufis of Gujarat (India)

This programme features rarely heard devotional music from India, from a hidden minority with extraordinary history: the Black Sidis from Gujarat, a community of East Africans which came to India seven centuries ago and made Gujarat their home. They carried with them their exceptionally rich musical tradition and kept it alive and flourishing through the generations, unknown to the rest of the world. One traditional occupation of African-Indian Sufis in Gujarat has been to perform sacred music and dance as wandering fakirs, singing songs and performing rituals in the shrines of their black Sufi saint, Bava Gor (Sidi Mobarak Nobi). Their native African music styles, melodic and rhythmic structures, lyrics and musical instruments have mingled with local influences to form this final symbolic representation of African-Indian ness. The AMC is proud to present these extraordinary artists for the first time outside India.

Music of the Mystics season:  Labrang Monastery, Tibet

Labrang Lamasery is a large complex with a breathtaking assembly of golden roofs, which dominates the skyline in the frontier town of Xiahe. Tucked away at the far eastern end of the Tibetan plateau, the monastery lies on the edge of a multi-ethnic town where Tibetans, Han Chinese, the local Muslim Hui and the monks of the Gelugpa sect lend the streets a profusion of colour.

Home to the third most important Lama of Tibetan Buddhism, Labrang was founded in 1709 and has been an important centre for music collection over the centuries. The current ceremonial ensemble involves 22 musician monks playing the full repertory of stately ceremonial music with flutes, cloud gongs, drums and the distinctive sheng mouth organs as well as music for small ensemble (including yangchin dulcimer, flutes and dramnyen lutes) which is played for important visitors like high lamas and officials. Of course the whole group also chants the sutras in that special low resonance found only in Tibet.