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In a nutshell
Technology meets tradition as cutting edge live electronica and digital technologies combine with the traditional sounds of Punjab.
Mercury nominated electronic music producer DJ Swami joins forces with Punjabi folk musicians to create an innovative musical and visual experience, combining cutting edge electronic beats with the raw energetic DNA of Punjab.
Mixing live electronic dance music with Punjabi dhol drums, vocals, stringed instruments and the hypnotic sounding double flute algoza, the powerful distinct rhythms and traditional melodies of the Punjab will interact creatively with live electronic drum machines, synthesiser arpeggios and basslines.
Visual projections of original digital animations and cinematic Punjabi imagery, produced by filmmaker John Minton, will complete a unique musical and visual event.
Part of Reimagine India 2017
What to Expect
Cutting edge live electronica meets Punjabi folk.
DJ Swami will mix electronic beats, synthesiser arpeggios and basslines live on stage with Punjabi musicians performing traditional folk instruments, including dhol drums, vocals, Sarangi, Algoza (double flute), Tumbi (1 stringed instrument) Bugchu (stringed instrument) and Vanjali (Punjabi flute).
In the show, audiences will hear many famous Punjabi folk songs, including Challa, Heer and Jugni, which have been performed over many centuries and have now been reimagined for PunjabTronix.
Visual projections of original digital animations and cinematic Punjabi imagery will complete a unique musical and visual event.
PunjabTronix is a new project produced and commissioned by Asian Arts Agency in partnership with Watershed, Bristol, to respond to Reimagine India 2017, a cultural exchange programme designed to develop creative collaborations between artists from England and India.
Punjabtronix is funded by Reimagine India and is part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Independence of India.
This performance is part of a UK tour produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency. Asian Arts Agency is a dynamic arts development agency based in Bristol that develops, promotes and supports international contemporary and traditional South Asian arts through performances, new commissions, tours, film screenings and ongoing support to artists. Asian Arts Agency is one of the leading tour producers of South Asian music and arts in the UK.
What people are saying
'Swami have invented an entirely new type of sound' BBC Music
'The future of Asian music' Bobby Friction (BBC Radio 1)
'DJ Swami is an innovator, moderniser and visionary' Dipps Bhamrah (BBC Asian Network)
'One of the most electrifying performances I have ever seen' DJ Nihal (BBC Radio 1)
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