East meets West at Woodend Barn

Svara Kanti unite East and West
Svara Kanti unite East and West

Following an acclaimed opera production at Belwade Farm in Aboynerecently , the sound festival moves back to Woodend Barn with a varied programme of delights.

On Friday the talented Schubert Ensemble, a piano quintet, present a programme of pieces by Brahms, Elgar and Jonathan Dove. Then on Sunday morning, Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti unite East and West in a “mesmerising melding of the old and the new”.

Indian performers Japjit Kaur (female vocals) and Savrar Sabri (tabla) join with virtuoso guitarist Thacker and violinist Jacqueline Shave in a concert that features a new commission from the legendary American composer, Terry Riley, alongside works by Indian’s greatest composer Shirish Korde.

In the middle of this array of classical and eastern delights is Matthew Herbert’s One Pig, a delicate, beautiful and occasionally terrifying musical portrayal of the life of the eponymous porker, from birth to the sizzling of the pan as the bacon it eventually becomes is cooked.

“Sound festival wants to offer as broad a programme as possible to show how rich the new music scene is,” says director, Fiona Robertson.

“Through this week’s programme at Woodend Barn people will be able to enjoy a fantastic wealth of musical talent and almost certainly experience sounds they have never heard on the concert platform before.”

Schubert Ensemble’s performance is at 7.30pm on Friday, November 9; Matthew Herbert’s One Pig is at 8pm on Saturday, November 10 and Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti is at 12 noon on Sunday, November 11. Tickets (various prices) from Aberdeen Box Office (01224 641 122 / www.boxofficeaberdeen.com) or on the door.