Date: Tue, 2013/02/26 – 7:00pm
Le Songe d’Ananta
Concerto for sarod,symphony and electronic orchestra
Pierre Thilloy with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and
the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra along with the KORDS Collective
26th February 2013, 7pm
At Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex, New Delhi
Please collect your passes from 12th February onwards at:
Institut Français en Inde, 2 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi
Alliance Française de Delhi, 72 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi.
Alliance Française de Gurgaon, S-24/8 DLF Phase III
Café Turte, Khan Market, Shop no 23, 1st Floor.
«Connecting the fundamental principles of two musical cultures: sharing heritage, exploring horizons »
Called “musician of the world”, Pierre Thilloy is however not an explorer of music. Notwithstanding his multiple experiences, he creates original works accessible to all. After Paris he went to the Conservatory of Nancy where he began his musical study, Pierre Thilloy then went to the Conservatory in Luxembourg and later in Austria at the Mozarteum of Salzbourg. A prolific composer, Pierre’s official catalogue comprises of more than 180 compositions including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, symphonic poems, mass, oratorios and even the accompanying score for silent films. His interaction with the cultures of the world began in Africa and took him to Central Asia especially, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Such meetings with musical cultures so different from his own nourished his work. His next stop was India in 2010 where he had his first taste of a vast and ancient musical tradition with divine origins and a metaphysical quality. During this visit he met with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the grand maître of the sarod and with whom he began a close collaboration.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the greatest masters of the sarod. Amjad Ali Khan learnt sarod under his father Haafiz Ali Khan’s tutelage, a musician to the royal family of Gwalior. He developed a unique style of playing the sarod. He has performed in different parts of the world (New Zealand, UK, USA, China…) and is the recipient of many awards and honours and continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India today. From this meeting was born a project of writing a concerto based on an Indian raga. Founded on the fundamental principles of Indian music as well as the execution of a raga, this work, composed and directed by Pierre Thilloy will be interpreted by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash and the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra as well as the electronic music collective KORDS.
Founded at the end of the 18th century, the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra is one of those orchestras which, for many years, have structured musical life in France and undertaken public service missions. With its 200-year existence, it has become a truly unmissable cultural showcase for the city of Avignon, the Grand Avignon area, the Vaucluse and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
Thanks to its successive musical directors, the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra offers a profound musical intelligence and a rare flexibility in its approach to works, irrespective of their period or their style. Under the leadership of Philippe Grison, its Managing Director, the Orchestra is now spreading its reputation throughout the region, France and internationally. The main mission of the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra is to produce and to broadcast symphonic and operatic works and to take part in awareness and audience development campaigns in Avignon and its surroundings. It is supported by all the local and regional authorities including the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC PACA. Samuel Jean its Principal Guest Conductor.