Leading Carnatic vocalist, Supriya Nagarajan, is set to stage a world premiere commissioned piece at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.
Composer Supriya, founder of Yorkshire arts organisation Manasamitra, will take centre stage during the 10-day Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hmcf//) for an exclusive performance.
Dewsbury-based Supriya’s commissioned piece set for its premiere is called ‘Pleiades Ne Maia’ and is inspired by the luminous seven star cluster known as ‘The Big Dipper’.
Bringing together Indian and classic music, Pleiades Ne Maia will showcase Middle Eastern phrases intermingled with Buddhist Zen alongside a traditional church anthem in an effort to bring together cultures, genres and traditions.
Supriya’s relationship with hcmf// started in 2010 when she performed a new composition as part of the “shorts” providing a glimpse into her work.
Her return to hcmf// takes place at St Peter’s Church in Byram Street, Huddersfield, from 4pm, on November 24th.
“This is one of the most important pieces I have ever commissioned and to bring it to hcmf// is incredible,” said Supriya who has performed all over the world from the UK to Scandinavia, Canada to India.
“As an artist in Kirklees I cannot wait to perform this exclusively for a festival that I love being a part of and that, as Manasamitra, we enjoy so much.”
Supriya and Manasamitra will also be staging ‘Canopy of Voices’ – a work which aims to connect India and contemporary classical music and is inspired by the poem ‘Painted Rainbows’ by York-based poet Shash Trevett. Manasamitra will be performing alongside HOOT Creative Arts Choir, University of Huddersfield Choirs, a choir made up from the refugee and asylum seeker community and York Stonegate Singers.
The hcmf// event takes place from 16th to 25th November.