Melodies on the Brink is a world classical music concert by Speaking Hands that commemorates the First World War. The concert features three new compositions by Rishii Chowdhury and Akash Parekh that remembers the fevered atmosphere of the war and honours the courage of local and foreign uniformed men and women. Melodies on the Blink will be visually enhanced with live dance to accentuate the highly emotive and provocative arrangements.
Crescent is inspired by the complex nature of how the mind functions as it filters a myriad of conflicting emotions. Combining silence and sound, the movement dramatically scales up from intimate thoughts to a compelling treatment memory and loss.
Free flowing Rupak is filled with simplicity and radiance to form an impassioned confluence of traditional and contemporary tributes. It ignites warmth in a moment of shared reflection as the world begins to heal.
Forgotten Heroes pays homage to the foreign lamps that went out all over the world; lamps that would never light up again. It is an unravelling knot that looks at the shared contribution of Britain and its Empire.
Students of the internationally renowned sitar player Roopa Panesar and Yo! tabla teacher Rishii Chowdhury will perform a special curtain raiser. Speaking Hands is a group of talented musicians based in the Midlands. The group delicately balances regional Eastern sounds with Western themes.
Musicians: Rishii Chowdhury, Dr Samyami Sangeeta Chowdhury, Waqas Choudhary, Akash Parekh, Gurpreet Singh
Dancers: Marius IR Mates, Kesha Raithatha
Melodies on the Brink is funded through Grants for the Arts by Arts Council England and Embrace Arts at the Richard Attenborough centre and produced with the support of Phizzical. It will be performed at Embrace Arts on 15 November 2014.