Amit Chaudhuri/ Ian Jack
Friday 2 March 2012, 6-8.30pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
A conversation between award-winning Indian writer and musician Amit Chaudhuri and former Granta and Independent on Sunday editor Ian Jack, will be followed by a performance by the five-piece Amit Chaudhuri Band.
Amit Chaudhuri’s first CD This Is Not Fusion (Times Music) was released in Britain on the award-winning independent jazz label Babel, and received excellent reviews from some of the most considerable music publications in the UK. He is the only Indian musician to have performed twice at the prestigious London Jazz Festival and he has played in Beijing, Berlin, Lille, Brussels, Frankfurt, and at various venues in Britain – notably the Hay on Wye Festival, the Brecon Jazz Festival, the Big Sky Jazz Festival and the South Bank Centre. His second CD, Found Music, came out in October 2010 in the UK from Babel to great acclaim. Since 2005, Amit Chaudhuri, with The Amit Chaudhuri Band, has appeared at many world-wide venues.
“The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood sung as a Hindustani raga gives some idea of the breathtaking eclectics of Calcutta-based writer-musician Amit Chaudhuri’s second album. It breathes life into what has become a bit of a tired old classic and makes you listen to it anew. The same can be said of his reinterpretations of Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys… The fusion of found sound with inventive musicianship and scat-like delivery makes this a quirky offering which merits repeat listening.”
Len Phelan, The Morning Star.
Wall Street Journal
“Chaudhuri is a wonderful singer – without any qualification such as ‘considering his distinction as a writer.’ There is a sense of calm, a simplicity, an inwardness to his singing which deeply appeals to me.”
“Amit Chaudhuri is one of the most talented musicians in the country today”
N. Radhakrishnan, Rolling Stone Magazine India.