Saturday 16th October, 4pm
McPherson Recital Room
Winners of Chamber Music Scotland's 2022 Underrepresented Composers Tour Opportunity, Ankna Arockiam, Edward Cohen, and Hardeep Deerhe created Saanjh (translates as dusk in Hindi) for St Andrews Voices festival. They call on their eclectic influences to portray a collection of musical scenes. Through collaboration, cultures will merge, blending voice, piano, and tabla, with elements of improvisation and conversation
The concept of Saanjh is unique, bringing underrepresented composers to the core of its performance, but with a modern, fresh, and relevant approach. The programme evolves and responds to world events, and will leave you bathed in an enchanting aura of Indian and Western classical sounds.
Originally from India, Ankna Arockiam moved to Glasgow in 2011. Since then, she has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and continues to study singing with Margaret Izatt and Sangmesh Swamy. Ankna is currently completing her PhD, studying the musical, cultural and social identities of young Western classical musicians in Indian cities.
Her singing career continues and as a soloist, she has performed in various festivals and venues across India and the UK. She regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists and is part of Naad-Hara, an Indo-Scottish band based in Glasgow.
Apart from singing and research, Ankna is the founder/director of Glasgow Sitare, a singing group for South Asian women in Glasgow and is on the Board for Children’s Classic Concerts, Nevis Ensemble.
Edward Cohen has a wealth of experience both on the concert platform and as an educator, and regularly collaborates with leading musicians in major performance venues and festivals. As well has holding a post of Lecturer in Accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is a principal study piano teacher for the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and pianist for the choruses of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Edward is a first class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and holds MMus degrees with distinction in both Solo Piano and Accompaniment from the RCS.
Hardeep is an accomplished Scottish based musician, composer, sound and performance artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary one that crosses over into performance, teaching and sound design. His work has taken him on numerous tours around the USA, Canada, India and Europe. Hardeep's recordings are distributed and published worldwide, and he has written music/soundscapes for German-based band 'Homebound' and 'Reveal'. Hardeep is a classically trained tabla player, vocalist, improviser and composer.
With education at the heart of his art, he recently started the 'Talking Tabla Academy' based in Glasgow training students in the art of Tabla and Indian rhythmic patterns. He is also the co-founder of SCrAN (Scottish Creative Asian Network), which gives local Asian artists a platform to perform and engage with the wider public. Hardeep also is the current producer of the Glasgow Mela.