Ananta Opus 195

Eternal Dream: concerto for Sarod
AvignonProvenceSymphonicOrchestra©Stephan Caso

«Connecting the fundamental principles of two musical cultures: sharing heritage, exploring horizons »

The concerto for sarod, symphonic and electronic orchestra is an original and harmonious work born from the meeting of different musical cultures. Written by Pierre Thilloy and performed by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan with the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra and the Kords Collective, the creation is directed by Samuel Jean.

As much as he is hailed as a “musician of the world”, Pierre Thilloy is not an explorer of music; irrespective of his multiple experiences, he creates original works accessible to all. Pierre Thilloy began his musical study at the Conservatory of Nancy followed by the Conservatory in Luxembourg and later in Austria at the Mozarteum of Salzbourg. A prolific composer, Pierre’s official catalogue comprises of more than 180 compositions including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, symphonic poems, mass, oratorios and even the accompanying score for silent films. His interaction with the cultures of the world began in Africa and took him to Central Asia especially, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan and then India in 2010. Here he had his first taste of a vast and ancient musical tradition with divine origins and a metaphysical quality. During his Indian visit he met with the grand maître of the sarod, Amjad Ali Khan and from this meeting was born a project of writing a concerto based on an Indian raga - founded on the fundamental principles of Indian music as well as the execution of a raga.

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan is one of the greatest masters of the sarod. Taught by his father Haafiz Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music. Today he shoulders the sixth generation of inheritance in this legendary lineage. He developed a unique style of playing the sarod and gave it a new and yet timeless interpretation. He has performed in different parts of the world, is the recipient of many awards and honours and continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India today. In his case, the term 'beauty of the Ragas' acquires a special meaning as he has to his credit the distinction of having created many new Ragas. Khan Saheb will be accompanied by his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, both well known names on the music scene and the seventh generation of musicians in the family. The New York Times refers to Amaan and Ayaan as, “excellent musicians, who play with power and precision and can light up an audience with fast passages".

Founded at the end of the 18th century, the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra is one of those orchestras which, for many years, have structured musical life in France and undertaken public service missions. With its 200-year existence, it has become a truly unmissable cultural showcase for the city of Avignon, the Grand Avignon area, the Vaucluse and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
Thanks to its successive musical directors, the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra offers a profound musical intelligence and a rare flexibility in its approach to works, irrespective of their period or their style. Under the leadership of Philippe Grison, its Managing Director, the Orchestra is now spreading its reputation throughout the region, France and internationally. The main mission of the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra is to produce and to broadcast symphonic and operatic works and to take part in awareness and audience development campaigns in Avignon and its surroundings. It is supported by all the local and regional authorities including the Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC PACA. Samuel Jean its Principal Guest Conductor.

Discipline: Music / Concerto for Sarod and Symphony and Electronic Orchestra
Cities: Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Mumbai
Dates: From 26 February to 5 March

Ahmedabad: 3 March, 2013 - 20:30
Venue: Gujarat University Convention Hall
Delhi: 26 February, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: Siri Fort
Hyderabad: 1 March, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: Shilpa Kala Vedika
Mumbai: 5 March, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Auditorium