The Three Seas
- Date: Sunday, 11 November 2018, Late arvo
- Venue: Murrah Hall — 2989 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, Murrah, NSW
- Series: This event is part of the The Three Seas 2018 Australian/Indian Tour series
Inter-cultural music ensemble The Three Seas is setting sail for a 14-date tour of Australia and India to tour new work written by the groups Artistic Director and saxophonist Matt Keegan.
The Three Seas has been a ten-year “labour of love” for Keegan who is thrilled to have finally realised his vision to tour the group in India. “I am delighted at the level of interest The Three Seas has attracted both there and abroad. It’s a very personal project that has been many years in the making, so to receive recognition for the project from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia Council and the Australian High Commission in is very rewarding as an artist".
Recently returned from a two-week residency in the Blue Mountains, Keegan was one of nine composers to receive the 2018 APRA Art Music Fund. He has used the opportunity to compose a new suite for the ensemble which three pieces; one will feature the bowed string instrument, the esraj, and two will feature traditional Baul folk instruments, the khamak (stringed percussion) and dubki (hand drum). The suite will premiere for the opening night of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues before touring to Adelaide for OzAsia then onto Sydney, Canberra, Murrah and Cairns.
The Indian performances will coincide with the annual 6-month celebration of Australian culture in India, Australia Fest. The tour will commence on December 15 with a performance in Fort Kochi for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, one of Asia’s biggest contemporary arts festivals. Three Seas will then undertake a national tour with performances scheduled for Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and concluding in the West Bengal region of Darjeeling.
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