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Latest News Infections Rhythms from the Heart of the Midlands


Infections Rhythms from the Heart of the Midlands

September 15th, 2014 2:21 pm

East meets West in an utterly unique fusion of music, percussion and passion as infections rhythms from the Heart of the Midlands comes to The Drum on Sat 20 Sep as Birmingham born Tabla master, composer, and The Drum’s Resident Artist Mendi Mohinder Singh brings us his ground-breaking new work in United Rhythms.

Classically trained at the feet of legendary percussion master Ajit Singh Mutlashi, Mendi has travelled the world enthralling audiences with his incredible compositions. His music is a true reflection of the cultural melting pot familiar to anyone who grows up in Birmingham, a beautiful blending of influences which produces music, and musicians, not found anywhere else in the world. Mendi has toured from Europe to South America delighting audience of thousands, playing with artists as diverse as sitar master Pandit Shalil Shankar and singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel. Throughout his travels he has added to his musical repertoire, incorporating styles and sounds from across the globe.

The Drum is proud to present the final result of Mendi’s artistic vision, creating the world’s first East-West percussion orchestra in United Rhythms, joined by Birmingham’s esteemed Conservatoire Percussion Ensemble in three original compositions drawing on African, South American, American and Arabic styles composed within a Western classical context.

Joining him will be Handpan player Samantha Archer, and in an even greater blending of cultures, each composition is coordinated with a display of choreographed martial arts from Seventh Dan Samurai expert Fay Goodman.

United Rhythms is a truly unique creation, an entertaining and uplifting rhythmical spectacle infused with joy and spirituality, uniting people through a universal language. For any fans of World Music, Tabla, or sheer originality, this is not to be missed.

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Supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Sampad, Birmingham City University and Professional Incredibles