Part of AlchemyThursday 12 April 2012
Franz Osten's lavish 1928 silent film Shiraz is accompanied by a live score by internationally renowned tabla player and composer Sarvar Sabri and the Sabri Ensemble. They conjure up a rich soundcape of melody and rhythm with South Asian, jazz and Western classical influences.
The film tells the romantic story of the Taj Mahal, the woman who inspired it and the two men who loved her. Filmed on location in India with a cast of thousands, this remarkable product of early Indian cinema went on to inspire a generation of film makers with its stunning visuals and epic themes.
The Sabri Ensemble features Sarvar Sabri on tabla, Trevor Lines on bass, Sanchita Pal on vocals, Carl Peberdy on sitar, Lluis Mather on saxophone, Dan Nicholls on piano, Hannah Marsden on violin and Avatar Balraaj Ram on tanpura and sarangi.
'A sound that refreshes the senses' (Jazz Review)
'Fusion of two amazing art forms at the peak of their presentation' (Audience)