Trilok Gurtu + Open Souls
LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
SE1 8 XX
Tabla master Trilok Gurtu is a world traveller – his collaborators range across continents, from Jan Garbarek to John McLaughlin to Angelique Kidjo, over some four decades. His most recent recording, Spellbound, re-connects with the muse of the most open-minded of global visionaries, Don Cherry, a crucial influence, stretching back into the 70s, on Gurtu’s search for an intuitive music that transcends boundaries.
In the first half, the mind-expanding combination of vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, beatboxer Jason Singh and percussionist Seb Rochford (collectively Open Souls) conjures extraordinary sonic universe from a shared language that grows from Indian classical music, jazz, and the sounds of the street.