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Bart Stenhouse & Surojato Roy (India) – Friday 29th June from 7.00pm on the Back Deck
International touring artists Bart Stenhouse (Aus) and Surojato Roy (India) will perform at the Federal Hotel Bellingen as part of their 2018 East Coast tour. Bart is an accomplished guitarist and composer, well versed in Indian classical and flamenco styles. Surojato Roy is a percussionist, specializing in tabla, from Kolkata. Together they make dynamic and spiritually moving world music – not to be missed!
Bart Stenhouse has the muscle to settle any score. Musically speaking, that is. Packing a powerful ability to balance raw edge with feel-good grooves, Bart’s music brilliantly blends fiery flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more.
Bart started on a musical journey from an early age. However, it wasn’t until recently that he found his true calling – world fusion music. Inspired by his travels across North America, India and Spain, Bart’s music explores the signature harmonies, rhythms and instrumental identities of different world music cultures.
Wielding his weapons of choice, electric and flamenco guitar and electric mandolin, Bart teams up with original artists across the globe to explore and craft soundscapes not heard before. An experienced producer, Bart records and releases his compositions under his own label, Stenhouse Records and in 2014 brought to the world his debut album ‘Blue Benares’. Hailed as ‘one of the best up and coming jazz fusion artists’ by Indian slide guitar maestro and guru Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya at the 2016 India International Guitar Festival, the young Australian composer is fast building a reputation as an original, collaborative and innovative artist.
Surojato Roy is a percussionist, specializing in tabla, from Calcutta. The son of an Indian classical vocalist and a violinist, Surojato was introduced to playing at an early age by Pandit Tanmoy Bose. Later, he became the youngest ‘Ganda-Bandh’ student of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and has been his disciple for the past eighteen years. He also plays the pakhwaj, darbouka, djemba, cajon, and khanjira (among other percussion instruments). Surojato has taken his considerable knowledge of tabla and brought it to villages in Arunachal Pradesh and parts of the Sunderbans, where he has taught impoverished children. He also teaches free music classes at the Surtaal Academy of Music, where students are given instruments they couldn’t otherwise afford.
“Bart played a house concert at my place in April 2017 and it was a wonderful experience. He was playing with Surojato Roy, a tabla player from Calcutta, India, and they were amazing together. Bart is a wonderful improvisationist, and he and Surojato together, whether playing music based on Indian classical music, or Spanish flamenco, were so in tune with each other, and their music really interesting. The audience at my house certainly appreciated their playing and also appreciated being able to ask about their music and the instruments they were playing. It was exactly what I would want from a house concert. Additionally, Bart was very professional to deal with before the concert and it was no problem to get it set up and it was a delight to have him and Surojato in my home. So, I can unconditionally recommend them to you for a house concert.”
— Marion Andrew – Alstonville House Concert Host