Indo-jazz inspired by Shakespeare

Earlier this week, London Jazz spoke to clarinettist/composer Arun Ghosh about his upcoming Winter Rasa in this year’s Winter Festival.

In the interview, Ghosh talks about his new choral piece for our all-male choir EastEnd Notes, inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet II: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow. The choir, led by Omar Shahryah, shall perform the work as part of Arun’s Winter Rasa.

Sonnet II: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
By William Shakespeare

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty’s field,
Thy youth’s proud livery, so gazed on now,
Will be a tottered weed, of small worth held.
Then being asked where all thy beauty lies
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days
To say within thine own deep-sunken eyes
Were an all-eating shame and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserved thy beauty’s use,
If thou couldst answer “This fair child of mine
Shall sum my count and make my old excuse”
Proving his beauty by succession thine.
This were to be new made when thou art old,
And see thy blood warm when thou feel’st it cold.

Check out the podcast to hear two tracks from Arun’s latest album A South Asian Suite, followed by an exploration of landscape as a compositional theme.

Arun will be performing at Shoreditch Church on Tuesday 10 December, 7.00pm. There is a pre-concert talk at 6.00pm which is free to ticket holders, so if you’re interested in finding out more, listen to Arun and Omar discuss intercultural collaboration and the processes of working with artists from multiple disciplines.

If you’d like to get involved with our all-male choir EastEnd Notes, find out more on spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk.

Arun Ghosh: Winter Rasa
Tuesday 10 December
7.00pm-8.45pm
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s)
Tickets from £5

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