The Crossing, created by sitarist Roopa Panesar with jazz pianist Al MacSween for Opera North, draws listeners deep into the emotional states and transformations innate to Indian classical raag. The crossing and re-crossing of the improvisatory lines of sitar and piano, within an intensely intimate environment inspired by traditional ‘baithak’ concerts, offers a collective moment of transformation – a movement from loss toward renewal.
Roopa Panesar began her training under sitar maestro Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE at the age of seven, and under the guidance of Pandit Arvind Parikh and Ustad Shahid Parvez. With the incredible emotional depth of her sound, she has toured extensively in the UK and Europe to major festivals and venues including WOMAD UK, Royal Festival Hall London, BBC Radio 3, Brighton Festival, Darbar Festival at Southbank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Colston Hall, Bristol. Roopa has collaborated with artists from many different genres, including Talvin Singh, Laura Wright and Dirk Brosse, Belgian Symphony Orchestra and Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2022
Commissioned by Opera North
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The Crossing was recorded by the BBC on 24 April 2022 at Draper’s Hall, Coventry.
Producer: Michael Rossi
Sound Engineer: Robert Winter
Catalogue Number: NMC DL202206