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Simon Thacker Presents The World Premiere Of Pashyanti On Guitar

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Simon Thacker Presents The World Premiere Of Pashyanti On Guitar

Simon Thacker Presents The World Premiere Of Pashyanti On Guitar

Simon Thacker presents the World Premiere of Pashyanti on Guitar with special guest dancer Aishwarya Raut on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe digital on-demand player platform, until 29 August.

Part of 2021 Made in Scotland Showcase.

Pashyanti [Sanskrit]: the junction point between the ordinary waking state and pure consciousness.

Described as “one of the most important musicians of his generation” (ThreeWeeks), Simon Thacker premieres a new music experience for the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with a very special guest. Thacker is a Scottish composer, classical guitarist, improviser, and ensemble leader whose ever-expanding musical world draws on a deep immersion in diverse cultures. Having led some of today’s most prescient intercultural ensembles, Simon brings his pioneering experiences to his first love, solo guitar, in Pashyanti On Guitar.

Exploring the instrument with passion and startling originality, Scotland’s “musical alchemist” (World Music Report) offers a revelatory new vision for the art of solo guitar. For this, his first-ever digital show, Simon invited the phenomenally talented UK based contemporary dancer Aishwarya Raut, from Mumbai, to film four works in spectacular locations near Simon’s home in Scotland.

Simon’s highly individual, iconoclastic music explores every facet of the instrument, from beguiling digital delay-driven soundscapes to muscular improvisations utilizing his many inspirations, especially from South Asia. A recent Scottish New Music Award winner and Ivor Novello Awards nominee, this is the fourth year Simon has been selected to represent his country as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase.

Aishwarya was already dancing in a Bollywood company when she began formal training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop at age 10. She trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts before joining Rambert, one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, in 2019.

Aishwarya stunningly embodies Simon’s emotive music, with daring physicality and infinite nuance in a 34-minute film of enchanting power. With locations including a ruined castle, a quarry at the time of a 40 000 tonne shot blast, and spectacularly lit forest at night, Simon and Aishwarya’s symbiosis creates a very special aural and visual experience for audiences across the world to enjoy.

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