Monday, July 14, 2008

Nepali music abroad (Sur Sudha raises funds at Covent Garden)


The well-known Nepali classical ensemble, Sur Sudha, in connection to their European trip, gave a thrilling performance at a fundraising concert at the Convent Garden in London last Wednesday.

Organized by art curator Sangita Thapa and Celia Washington, the concert aimed to collect funds for the establishment of Kathmandu Art Center.

During the program, the Sur Sudha trio was joined by the well-known composer Joshua Field on the piano. Field has composed songs for many music artistes, and Queen is one of them.

Tabla player Surendra Shrestha of Sur Sudha was quoted as saying that together they played a jazz piece during the second half which received much appreciation from the audience. But before that, it was Sur Sudha doing the opening act with a 40-minute-long solo instrumental number.

It has almost been five weeks since Sur Sudha is in Europe and they have performed in over 20 concerts in different countries, including Germany, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, in France and London. Surendra informed that most of the audiences they met in Europe were very much concerned about the situation of Nepali music and Nepal as a whole.

Sur Sudha also revealed that they are soon to release their new album called “East West Mix” after their return from their extensive trip in Europe.

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