Raaga & Rhythm: Music Without Borders Charity Concert
Why We Recommend it
Featuring 35 musicians and 9 vocalists from Hong Kong, China and India, this unique audio-visual experience is an amalgamation of traditional and contemporary Indian music, jazz and pop music with Chinese instruments and Western symphonic sounds.
The concert takes its title from the traditional Indian music construct ‘Raaga’, unique to the genre expressing human feeling through set group of musical notes and progressions. Each of the six melodic sets presented will include compositions drawn from different genres and cultures including contemporary, folk, classical and Western pop, with roots in a particular family of Raagas. A key feature of this year’s concert is the presentation of rhythmic folk and modern music in different Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi, as well as the classical music of South India.
Headliners include Jessie Hou, a celebrity exponent of the erhu, as well as Hong Kong guitar legend Eugene Pao. The Indian musicians include 11-year old child prodigy vocalist Rahul Vellal from South India, Ronkini Gupta, an award-winning vocalist from Bombay. Also worthy of note is the music direction by Hong Kong’s foremost Jazz musician Anthony Fernandes with special arrangements by award-winning Bollywood producer Sajjad Ali.
The concert is presented by In Harmony Arts and Culture, a non-profit organisation committed to furthering cross-cultural exchange and dialogue through the creative disciplines, in partnership with the City Chamber Orchestra Hong Kong. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Hong Kong-based SENsational, a social enterprise focused on educating the community and promoting an inclusive society that creates equal opportunities for differently-abled people in the workplace.