Surtaal Suite No. 2 with RSVP Bhangra and Brighouse and Rastrick Band, conductor David Thornton.
Following the success of Surtaal Suite No. 1 we're launching Surtaal Suite No. 2 in 2019 with one of the world's most famous bands, the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. Watch this space for more details soon!
This is... an excerpt from Surtaal Suite No. 1, premiered by RSVP Bhangra Band, Lydbrook Band, conductor Ian Holmes, Proms in the Park, Speech House Hotel, on a boiling hot day in June in front of an audience of over 1000! Thanks to British Bandsman magazine and BrassPass.tv - the full feature can be seen on their Brass Roots programme.
Video by John Stirzaker
....an exciting new 45 minute piece for Bhangra band, brass band and soprano voice - engaging and upbeat with huge energy and excitement. Created by composer Liz Lane and RSVP Bhangra with additional words by Andy Rashleigh, Surtaal Symphony is a cross-cultural collaboration, blending and inter-weaving Western and Punjabi musical traditions.
Surtaal Symphony originates from....
....two important words in the Bhangra tradition:
Sur = melody, Taal = rhythm
Liz and the RSVP team have added another two Bhangra ideas to complete the traditional four movement symphonic form:
Raasar = expression/emotion, Bol = lyric
The work weaves together Punjabi stories such as Heer Ranjha, a love story about forbidden love and tragic death, with similar tales from European culture, such as Romeo and Juliet, perhaps showing that our traditions have more in common than we might think….
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"The power of the brass band, the driving rhythms of Bhangra and a soaring coloratura soprano will combine to excite, delight and move our audiences in ways they haven’t before considered".
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