Internationally acclaimed Carnatic vocalist, Supriya Nagarajan, has announced a new live jazz improvisation project, Sonic Threads, in partnership with award-winning harpist, Lucy Nolan.
Sonic Threads is an innovative merging of vocals, harp, electronic sounds and improvisation, drawing on influences from jazz, Carnatic and western classical music. Sonic Threads is set to launch at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard this April.
Supriya, who is the founder and artistic director of Manasamitra, is one of the most sought-after Carnatic vocalists in the UK. Known for working in unusual, non-traditional performance spaces, she strives to engage and inspire new audiences and bring them unique cultural experiences. She has previously performed at the Royal Albert Hall, TUSK Music Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
Lucy Nolan is a multi-award-winning harpist who has studied harp since age seven. Lucy regularly performs with the Chroma Harp Duo who won the London Camac Harp Ensemble Competition and the UK Harp Association’s prize for the best performance of a British work. Her work has also featured on ITV drama, Victoria, and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
Speaking of Sonic Threads, Supriya said: “I am really excited about the Sonic Threads project, working with Lucy to create an emotive blend of jazz, Carnatic and classical sounds.
“We wanted to create something that was gentle, contemplative and uplifting, combining both mine and Lucy’s styles and influences. We were particularly inspired by Alice Coltrane’s work, spiritual journey with Hinduism and her love of Indian philosophy.
The first performance of Sonic Threads will be held on 27 April 2023 at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased at www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/supriya-nagarajan-indian-traditional-voice-and-lucy-nolan-harp.