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Music from Wales set to travel to India

Music from Wales set to travel to India

Musicians from Wales showcasing in the UK Trade and Investment Music Mission

Wales Arts International in partnership with UKTI and Indian partners are delighted to showcase Welsh music to the Indian music industry through two visits by Welsh groups taking in festivals in Indian cities during November.

Burum blends traditional Welsh folk songs with modern jazz in its own innovative style. Led by award winning trumpeter Tomos Williams, Burum commence their tour of India on 19 November playing at the Shisha Jazz Cafe, Pune. The addition of renowned Welsh folk musician Ceri Rhys Mathews on bagpipes and wooden flute adds an eclectic dimension to their sound, accentuating the rhythm section, which features Dave Jones on the piano, Aidan Thorne playing the bass, and Mark O'Connor on drums.

Their repertoire draws from traditional Welsh music, which they've adapted and interpreted keeping in mind their modern jazz leanings. Fundamentally, their music retains an understanding and appreciation of the original folk melodies, while also adding their own signature through the dynamics of jazz improvisation and their expertise and understanding of their own instruments.

After several performances in India, the quintet will culminate the tour in Goa’s International Jazz Festival on 28 November. This visit will also see the fruits of a brand new collaboration - khamira mixing Welsh and Indian traditional music and jazz for the first time.

Nicola Morgan, Head of Wales Arts International said:

"We’re pleased to support these two very different and unique bands to showcase in two key events in India this year. They are important platforms to promote and develop new international leads, contacts and opportunities for musicians and the music sector from Wales. Supporting musicians from Wales to make an impression and an impact on international markets is critical at the moment and I’m confident that these showcases will enhance the growing reputation we have been cultivating internationally for Wales and our musicians."

Meanwhile, Peasant’s King will be touring India as a part of NH7, the largest music festival of its kind in India.

Pontypridd’s 5-piece, Peasant’s King, who share part of their rock lineage with the likes of Funeral for a Friend, Kids in Glasshouses and The Blackout, but add soulful grit and chiming guitars to the mix. They form part of the Gorwelion/Horizons scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales and to support and promote emerging Welsh music talent to new and wider audiences. Their music is an infectious mix of grooves, riffs and melody with epic, intense soundscapes at the core.

Nicola Morgan concluded:

"These are two major opportunities for our artists and arts and we are pleased to see that leading programmers and events in India recognise the talents coming out of this small nation. We’re actively working towards building an infrastructure for talent in Wales which progresses to great international careers and we want to show that there is fertile ground for the arts and the creative industries to flourish here."

Ends.

For further information please contact Sian James on 029 2044 1344 or email: sian.james@artscouncilofwales.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

Burum tour dates and locations:

Thursday 19 November - Shisha Jazz Cafe, PUNE, INDIA

Friday 20 November - G5A, MUMBAI,

Saturday 21 November - Pianoman Jazz Cafe, DELHI

BURUM/KHAMIRA – new collaboration

Thursday 26 November - 2015 BANDSTAND, DELHI

Friday 27 November - B-Flat, BANGALORE

Saturday 28 November - GOA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Sunday 29 November- KOLKATA JAZZ FEST

Peasant Kings tour dates and locations:

Sunday 29 November - NH7 Festival, DELHI

Thursday 3 December – Blue Frog, MUMBAI

Friday 4 December – NH7 Festival, PUNE

25/11/2015

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