Jonathan Fryer

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The Roaring Whirl

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 20th September, 2019

The Roaring WhirlThe Royal Society of Musicians’ charming new headquarters in Fitzroy Square earlier this week hosted the launch of a CD of a cross-cultural “music-narrative”, The Roaring Whirl, with music by composer Sarah Rodgers. Set in the Indian state of Punjab at the time of Kipling’s Kim, the work blends Eastern and Western forms as well as words and music to almost hypnotic effect. The clarinettist Geraldine Allen was on hand to play a medley of three short extracts alongside Baluji Shrivastav (sitar, tabla and pakhavaj) and the narrator, actor Bhasker Patel. The work was premiered at the Nottingham NOW Festival in 1992 and a recording was made, but that was not commercially released because Geraldine Allen was involved in a serious car accident that led to the cancellation of further performances at other festivals and on the BBC. For many years it seemed that Ms Allen would never be able to play again but thanks to a range of alternative therapies she can now perform as before and the work us properly seeing the light of day under the banner of the Divine Art Recordings Group. Cross-cultural works are more common today than they were nearly three decades ago, but this is an original and genuinely exquisite piece that deserves widespread exposure.

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