Nitin Sawhney - past, present, and future unplugged
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Nitin Sawhney has one of the most distinctive and versatile musical styles, combining electronica, Indian music, and acoustic. He has firmly established himself as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer. Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man of the musical world, making important contributions to performing, composing, film, dance, theater, and even video games.
Sawhney's output as a musician is astonishing. He has scored for and performed with some of the world's leading orchestras, and collaborated with and written for the likes of Paul McCartney, Sting, the London Symphony Orchestra, Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Anoushka Shankar, Jeff Beck, Shakira, Joss Stone, Taio Cruz, Ellie Goulding, and Cirque Du Soleil.
Often appearing as an artist in residence, curator, or musical director at international festivals, Sawhney also works tirelessly for musical education. He is a recipient of four honorary doctorates from British universities, and in 2007 turned down an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for ethical reasons. Nitin Sawhney has made nine studio albums and written more than forty scores for film and television, including the BBC series "The Human Planet," Mira Nair's film The Namesake, and two film scores for live performance by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sawhney has performed around the world with leading orchestras and his band. He has been a regular DJ at the trend-setting London club Fabric. Given his classical background, Sawney is a surprisingly experienced and established DJ, spinning everything from Afrobeat and Dubstep to Asian breakbeat and drum ‘n' bass. Recently he has also scored for video games, including Sony Playstation's popular, Heavenly Sword, and its sequel, Enslaved.
An acclaimed flamenco guitarist and classical/ jazz pianist, Sawhney's ability to transcend cultural barriers has gained him recognition in both the classical and pop communities....
Sawhney has recorded ten studio albums, each garnering critical acclaim. He has received no fewer than 17 major national awards for his album work alone. In 1999 Sawhney released his fourth and breakthrough, gold-selling album, Beyond Skin. The recording took a prestigious Technics Mercury Music Prize nomination and won Sawhney the coveted South Bank Show Award. His eighth album, London Undersound, featured performances by Paul McCartney, Anoushka Shankar, Imogen Heap, and Natty, among many others.
Sawhney's 2011 studio album, Last Days of Meaning, previewed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Last Days of Meaning features a stunning performance by legendary actor John Hurt, and follows the epic, metaphorical, Dickensian journey of a lonely and intransigent man. Nitin Sawhney's 2013 box-set release, ONE ZERO, was recorded live-to-vinyl as a celebration of his tenth album. His newest studio album is due out in 2013.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Nourse Theater, San Francisco
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