The immense series of Riverside Ragas are continuing apace at Sage Gateshead in November and among the thrills in store is an appearance from the incredible Sarathy Korwar.
One of the most startling album releases of the year is the latest from Sarathy Korwar, ‘More Arriving’, which is sure to make many Best Of 2019 end of year lists. It shows the US-born, Indian raised, London-based, drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader at his very best. It is a release at the very vanguard of contemporary sounds and a quite remarkable meeting of jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical music and radical politics. His gig at Sage Gateshead is sure to be one of the most exhilarating staged in the north-east all year (I’m calling it!). But wait! I’m getting ahead of myself! Before Kowar lights up the Sage we have ‘Music from courts of Kings and Saints’. In the first half of this show you will be able to immerse yourself in the ancient melodies, moods and rhythms of the Rabab, a 2500-year-old instrument from Afghanistan, by award-winning musician and composer Qais Essar (who will be joined by Sunny Channa, a rising star on tabla and pakawaj). The second half will see eminent musician Sri Kirpal Singh on the Tar shehnai, joining forces with Qais and Sunny to present a series of Shabads (sacred songs from Sikh Scriptures). Our advice: see both or miss out.
Music from courts of Kings and Saints, Friday 8 November, 7.45pm, £13.10 (family ticket available); Sarathy Korwar, Tuesday 19 November, 8pm, £11.45/£9.30. Sage Gateshead. www.sagegateshead.com