By KLTV Newsdesk –
Manasamitra, a Dewsbury-based artist-led organisation, is set to collaborate with flute and piano duo, Animo, for a new residency at Snape Maltings, Suffolk as part of this year’s Festival of New.
The residency will be showcased as part of the festival on the 10th and 11th of September. Manasamitra says they will be working closely with Animo over the next few weeks to create a new and unique musical experience.
The music will draw from the varied heritages and musical styles of both Animo and Manasamitra, and the theme of the experiences is ‘breathing’ music, with the trio performing under the moniker ‘Pranasa’, which is a blending of the Sanskrit word ‘Prana’, meaning ‘ultimate breath’, and ‘Anasa’, Greek for ‘breath’.
Animo is a duo featuring Flautist, Cellist, Conductor and Music Teacher Sarah Waycott playing the flute, and Concert pianist, Accompanist and Conductor Yanna Zissiadou on the piano. Manasamitra is led by creator and musician Supriya Nagarajan.
Speaking on the event, Supriya said: “Our collaboration with Animo has only been virtual to date, so we’re really excited to be back creating in person again.
“Being able to immerse ourselves so indulgently in this residency will help us to establish our ideas and focus on what we would like to achieve musically.”
The trio aims to combine thier Indian, Greek and British heritages along with their contemporary, classical and jazz musical styles, and explore different musical techniques and mediums, to deliver a diverse and unique piece for the festival.
Supriya continued: “We are all experimenting with ‘declassifying’ ourselves as musicians by creating and performing music, which is experimental, accessible and inclusive.
“By crossing genres and drawing from styles and influences worldwide, we’re excited to blend culture and heritage to create a new interpretation of music.
“This collaboration is entirely new for us so we’ll be challenging ourselves and improvising, exploring the use of electronics and how we can create, store and manipulate our sound.
“It is also a new blending of minds, thoughts, ideas and creativities, which are as yet unexplored!”
For the performance, Pranasa will be joined by sound artist, Duncan Chapman who works with Supriya on various projects, including the recent exploration of synaesthesia, The Sound of Tea.
The Festival of New celebrates new music and sounds, by exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK.
All have been developed in Snape and Aldeburgh on Residencies that take place all year round, giving artists the freedom to take risks, be ambitious and release their creative spirit.
Thomas Lovatt, Producer of the Festival of New at Britten Pears Arts, added: “We are delighted to welcome Pranasa as part of the Festival of New.
“We are really excited to see the outcome of this unique, cross-cultural project.”
If you are in the region this September, tickets are available via www.brittenpearsarts.org/festival-of-new-2021.
For those unable to attend this particular event, Manasamitra has a wide range of performances, residencies, and exciting experiences all year round, taking place all across the country.
You can support local artists and visit their website www.manasamitra.com to view their latest projects.