India Meets Ireland tours New Zealand in February 2024 with Arts on Tour NZ and is a unique fusion of Indian classical music with contemporary and traditional Irish music. This joyful collaboration will feature Indian ragas with tabla master Basant Madhur and his daughter Sargam, and music from the Irish tradition with internationally acclaimed musician Jon Sanders and his daughter Jenny Os.
The show will be in two halves with a format for each which showcases either Indian or Irish music and then blends into a fusion of rhythm and melody.
Both the Indian and Irish cultures share a tradition of families making music together and it is a thrill to both Basant and Jon to be taking part in this Arts on Tour NZ national tour with their daughters.
Basant Madhur and his daughter Sargam play tablas and sitars in the North Indian style and come from a renowned musical family that established NZ’s premier Indian music school in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland in 2006, teaching over 500 students to date.
Jon Sanders and his daughter Jenny herald from Dingle, co Kerry, Ireland and will be using bouzouki, guitar, and vocals to blend the flavours of music and song from the wild Irish west coast with contemporary compositions in a unique way.
India Meets Ireland showcases the colourful contrasts and musical magic created by these two cultures through their ragas and reels and reveals that there is more than a little common ground between them!
Tabla master Basant is director of the Indian School of Music in Auckland and has won numerous numerous awards in India and accompanied international legends such Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Ry Cooder), flautists Ronu Majumdar (Ravi Shankar) and Rakesh Chaurasia, alto saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, and mridangam master Patri Satish Kumar. He has also collaborated with Western musicians in fusion music.
Bassouki player and guitarist, his music has a flavour of Arabic, Celtic, funk, soul and gypsy jazz cultures. The quantum leaping music of Jon Sanders has circumnavigated the globe many times over the last 25 years, entertaining thousands of listeners along the way. His compositions for drop D guitar, bouzouki and ukelele have been covered by bands and used in film, television and radio and he has performed in an impressive number of bands in the modern acoustic scene.
Jenny OS is an Irish singer/songwriter who grew up surrounded by musical culture including traditional Irish music.
Sargam is the daughter of Basant, also part of the Whau Community orchestra and the Sargam School of Music and will be playing sitar.
This is a unique combination of father daughter from two exceptional musical traditions.