8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£12 (£5 students)
Event information
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£12 (£5 students)

For this concert, Indian Carnatic singing combines with experimental harp for an evening that marks the legacy of the great jazz musician Alice Coltrane. Supriya Nagarajan is a composer and singer who creates rich, dreamy soundscapes by combining her Indian musical background with contemporary classical music. And with the inventive and daring imagination of harpist Lucy Nolan, this innovative duo will take us into Alice Coltrane’s world of spiritual and transcendental music that will cross freely between East and West, merging styles and cultures, and we’ll even be treated to a touch of Bollywood.

£12 (£5 students), booking recommended

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Reimagining the music of Alice Coltrane.

Introduction to this year’s New Music series

“Organising the concerts for the New Music Series at Kettle’s Yard has yet again been nothing but a pleasure, because it’s always so heartening to discover that all the musicians I speak to are keen to come and perform in this unique venue. Working with them to shape programmes that will be ideal for the space has only further confirmed my belief that, despite the unprecedented challenges which composers and performers face today, the new music scene in this country is endlessly inspirational and exploding with energy.

In the four concerts of this latest series you’ll be able to hear some of the dazzling variety that underpins the music of today. There’s purity and the influence of the natural world in the music of Barbara Monk Feldman (19 January), a piano recital of breath-taking technical difficulty (16 March), the fertile soils of blending a multitude of styles and cultures (27 April) and the intuitive brilliance of top performers who simply enjoy making music together (1 June).

Our concerts are relaxed, informal and friendly, and I look forward to seeing you soon to experience great musicians performing some of the greatest music of our time.”

Tom McKinney, New Music Curator

About Sonic Threads

Sonic Threads is a brand new duo formed with classical Indian vocalist Supriya Nagarajan and harpist Lucy Nolan. The work has been inspired by Jazz legend Alice Coltrane and her love of Indian philosophy. Blending the sound of the harp and Indian Vocals with birds and insects are some of the sounds you can expect from Sonic Threads. Supriya Nagarajan uses Indian ragas and works at exciting live improvisation with Lucy Nolan on the harp. Be prepared to encounter shadows of past and present Bollywood, jazz, western contemporary and more.

About Supriya Nagarajan

Supriya Nagarajan has a unique voice in the British music scene and creates concept driven immersive music productions that push boundaries and encourage thought. She has performed across the world in various venues like the Harpa in Reykjavik, Royal Albert Hall and the Zee Jaipur Litfest music stage. Her works like Lullaby Sonic Cradle, Sound of Tea and Bollywood Jazz project have won critical acclaim and earned her a niche reputation in the UK and beyond. Her music is a blend of her South Indian classical traditions and Western contemporary styles and she has released albums under the Manasamitra label, Tokuroku and Come Play With Me.

About Lucy Nolan

Graduating from Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of music with Distinctions in postgraduate degrees, Lucy was the recipient of a number of prizes and a finalist in the RNCM’s Gold Medal weekend. She has been a guest artist on BBC Radio 3 and performed new music at the Hong Kong World Harp Congress, The Royal Albert Hall, TUSK festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Lambeth Palace, Jaipur Literature Festival and Hull City of Culture.