Contemporary World Music Collaboration - Diamond Interchange.
Diamond Interchange represents a willingness to explore the nexus where the musics most native to the four artists meet. More than a superimposition, the classical music of Iran, North and South India, jazz, Western classical and beyond will serve as integrative processes that will ask each performer to depart from their comfort zones and interact within hybrid forms. One concert only.
Soumya Chakraverty - Sarod (USA/India), Reza Kashi – Tar (Iran), Sam Evans – Tabla (Australia), Jonathan Dimond - Bass (Australia).
The Boite World Music Cafe - 1 Mark Street, North Fitzroy
Soumya Chakraverty - Sarod
Washington DC based eminent Sarod artist, Soumya Chakraverty returns to Australia after a gap of 7 years. He received most of his training in India under Pandit Samarendranath Sikdar, of the Shahjahanpur tradition of Sarod. During the mid-nineties, while living in Australia, Soumya established himself as a mature instrumentalist, and also collaborated with other musical genres. For nearly two decades, Soumya has lived in the US, where he has performed extensively. In 2016, he performed at the US Library of Congress followed by a collaborative performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, drawing widespread press acclaim.
Sam Evans - Tabla and Percussion
Sam Evans is a contemporary Australian musician and tabla player who works as performer, composer and educator in Melbourne. Following many years of traditional training in India, he has dedicated his career to integrating the culture, music and instruments of India in Australia. He is a regular international performer of both traditional Indian music and contemporary world music. He composes music for film and documentaries, is the founding director of the Melbourne Tabla School and holds Australia’s only PhD in contemporary tabla performance.
Reza Kashi - Tar and Setar
Reza Kashi initiated his music career from 1998 in Iran. He plays Setar, Tar (both are Iranian tradition musical instruments) and Oud. Succeeded to gain some interstate rewards until 2008 he was chosen as the second rank Tar soloist in Iran by “Fajr Youth music festival” which is the most famous solo competition in the country. Migrating to Australia in 2017 has brought him the opportunity to cooperate with different ensembles ranging from middle east to western and Australian artists.
Jonathan Dimond - Bass
Jonathan Dimond is a multi-instrumentalist composer/performer, who brings together the worlds of Western classical, jazz and intercultural musics. Since undertaking formal studies in North Indian classical music in 1993, Dimond’s compositions have been influenced by raga, and the rhythmic cycles and devices associated with both North and South Indian classical music. Dimond is currently senior lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic, where he lectures in the Bachelor of Music degree.
Jonathan Dimond has extensive professional performance experience on trombone, tabla and electric bass guitar. He performs many of his original compositions with his ensemble Tripataka.