- April 14th Thursday 6:00pm: OuterIndia: Susheela Raman @Rich Mix (35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA) £8adv/£11door Outerindia weaves a web of intense links between London, the Subcontinent and the world, showcasing visionary artists in the musical, visual and written arts. Celebrating the variety and influence of South Asian culture, OUTERINDIA is all about channeling the breadth of work by artists born in the Subcontinent, the Diaspora or drawn to the culture from outside, and offering it to the eyes and ears of London in new and magical ways.
- April 14th Thursday 7:00pm: Orkestra Del Sol @ Dingwalls (Camden Lock, NW1 8AB) £6/11 "The swagger of a Balkan wedding with the riotous energy of a Latin carnival!" The 9-piece brass band from Edinburgh is back with a new album! "Magnificent!" The Independent "The genius of the Orkestra is the way they hide serious musicianship inside tongue-in-cheek humour. It's a winning combination" The Scotsman
- April 15th Friday 7:45pm: Bolivian, Latin American, Italian and French Music @ Purcell Room (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £14 Marcos Puña is undoubtedly one of the best young Bolivian classical guitarists. In his debut concert at Southbank Centre, he performs a programme of Latin American and Bolivian music including masterpieces by Abel Carlevaro (Uruguay), Dilermando Reis (Brazil) and Manuel Ponce (Mexico). Bolivia is represented in his recital by composers Eduardo Caba, whose Kollavina is inspired by ancestral indigenous rhythm, and Matilde Casazola, whose five pieces are rooted in rich Bolivian folklore.
- April 15th Friday 8:00pm: Raghu Dixit Project @ Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £10-20 Raghu Dixit's remarkable rise has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Bharatanatyam dancer's rousing folk rock is not only the symbol of metropolitan India's blossoming alternative music
scene, but is also making waves internationally. Alchemy 2011 marks the beginning of an exciting two-year collaboration with Southbank Centre Resident Artists, dance artist Gauri Sharma Tripathi and British folk band Bellowhead, in collaboration with the British Council.
- April 15th Friday 8:15pm: Jahan E Khusrau: Anjuman E Dil @ Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £15-35 A rare opportunity to experience the renowned devotional and Punjabi folk music exponent Hans Raj Hans, with Sufi lyrics selected and composed by Muzaffar Ali. A vocal artist who effortlessly encompasses these traditions and has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hans Raj Hans has a unique ability to present Sufi music in its truest form. The evening is shared with Sufi Kathak exponent and devotional dance specialist Manjari Chaturvedi.
- April 17th Sunday 6:00pm: Soumik Datta's Circle of Sound @ Purcell Room (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £13 An explosive audio-visual encounter between two virtuoso stars of contemporary British Asian music. London-born Soumik Datta is one of the UK's most brilliant South Asian musicians and is an artist in residence at this year's Alchemy festival.A spectacular player of the sarod, a muscular plucked instrument of the Indian classical tradition, Soumik collaborates with Austrian-born drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger (Taalis) who plays a Western drum kit like a tabla virtuoso.
Can't make it to any of these? Check out the Nomad's Calendar for a full list of upcoming events.
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