Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur & the Rajasthan Express debut in London

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Celebrating “musical pioneers, visual artists and technologists”, Convergence continue their fascinating run of events with a first UK performance of the collaboration between Jonny Greenwood, the Rajasthan’s Express and Shye Ben Tzur, at the Barbican on 11th March.

Greenwood and Nigel Godrich (lead guitarist and producer of Radiohead, respectively) travelled to Rajasthan, North India last winter, and recorded the album, Junun, with Tzur and the Express at the 15th-century Mehrangarh fort, one of the oldest and most cherished castles in India. Their exploits have been captured in an hour-long documentary (also called Junun), by acclaimed director and frequent Greenwood collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson.

Unknown to many outside India, the Rajasthan Express are a 13-piece ensemble, hailing from distinct Indian musical traditions, while Tzur , who wrote the songs, is an esteemed Israeli composer/poet who has spent years studying Indian classical music. Despite his status, Greenwood takes more of backseat role contributing rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, and drum-programming to the arrangements. As expected with such a talented and diverse cast of musicians working in perfect sync, the music of Junjun is sumptuous blend of Eastern and Western musical traditions, where the beautiful spirituality of classical Indian music is reinvented for the modern age.

Tickets are available from the Convergence website.

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