A Journey Through Timelessness
Saturday 9 August & Sunday 10 August, 2014
Kings Place Hall One
Born from an experimental session for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction in 2009, YANTRA’s vocal focal point is the intersection of seemingly incompatible and incomparable singing traditions. Combining the purity of a cappella with modern multi-‐tracking recording techniques, their rich vocal fusion explores the spiritual and folkloric music from the traditional and ancient musical heritages of Bulgaria, India and England. YANTRA were special guests on BBC Radio 3ʹ′s Late Junction with Verity Sharp in May 2009 and The Choir with Aled Jones in October 2012.
YANTRA is an unusual collaboration of three singers from very different backgrounds, united by their passion of unaccompanied human voice. Formed as an experiment, the group has blossomed into something unique and wonderful. The sound is not only timeless, it is also very timely, multicultural music for the world we inhabit today. YANTRA’s debut album A JOURNEY THROUGH TIMELESSNESS was released in July 2014 on Indigo Fusion Records and this performance re-‐creates the major part of it live.
YANTRA are: Eugenia Georgieva, Vamshikrishna Devised by: Eugenia Georgieva, Manickam
Vishnudas, Jeremy Birchall Yogeswaran, Jeremy Birchall
Sound Projection: Dylan de Buitlear
Bulgarian Eugenia Georgieva is best known as the driving force behind the lauded Perunika vocal trio, specialising in Bulgarian traditional song and Church Slavonic chants. She has been involved in a number of diverse collaborations with Transglobal Underground, Phil Thornton and Max Pashm Band, and currently directs Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir.
Vamshikrishna Vishnudas is a vocalist from South India specialising in traditional Carnatic music. For the past twelve years, he has lived in the UK and has worked with many internationally renowned musicians (most notably with Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth). He is also a resident vocal teacher at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya, London.
Basso profundo Jeremy Birchall has sung, amongst others, with the Taverner Consort, Tallis Scholars, BBC Singers, Polyphony, The Shout and London Sinfonietta Voices. His voice has been specially suited to pieces by John Tavener. Birchall is Music Director of close harmony group, The Demon Barbers and a regular performer at the Royal Opera House.
Dylan de Buitlear is an independent music producer, with a focus on disruptive music technologies and systems. He has an MA in Music in Jazz, Electronica Composition & Digital Studies from the University of York and is also a composer, arranger and multi-‐instrumentalist: singer, drummer, pianist and clarinettist.