Scots Indian Fusion with Bangra and Bagpipes

Red Note Ensemble start their Reels to Ragas Two tour at Mission House Harris on March 6th and will be joined by internationally renowned percussionist Kuljit Bhamra (pictured).
Red Note Ensemble start their Reels to Ragas Two tour at Mission House Harris on March 6th and will be joined by internationally renowned percussionist Kuljit Bhamra (pictured).

Contemporary music maestros Red Note Ensemble are starting their Reels to Ragas Two tour at Mission House Harris on Friday, March 6.

Joined by internationally renowned percussionist Kuljit Bhamra and piper-and-multi-instrumentalist Fraser Fifield, the show will be a Scottish-Indian fusion, with love songs, dance music, a hint of Bollywood and plenty of favorite tunes in a new guise.

Red Note Ensemble are cellist Robert Irvine, composer John Harris and violinist Jackie Shave.

The Ensemble performs the established classics of contemporary music; commissions new music; develops the work of new and emerging composers from around the world and finds new spaces and new ways of performing contemporary music to attract new audiences.

Red Note’s performing ensemble is drawn from the deep talent pool of Scottish new music expertise, and counts amongst its players some of the very finest performers working in the UK today.

The company has a twin focus, and it operates two complementary strands of work: a performance programme, which focuses upon the development, commissioning and performance of new music to the very highest standards; and an access, engagement and participation programme, which focuses on reaching and developing new and underserved audiences for contemporary music.

This combined approach has proved very successful, and the company has developed rapidly since formation.

Rather than follow a traditional, Classical Music-style model of a Spring and Autumn Season or Concert Series in fixed concert hall locations, Red Note has followed a creative and flexible approach to commissioning, production and presentation which more closely reflects the richness and diversity of new music, and enables the company to respond to new ideas and demand flexibly, quickly and effectively.

This includes site-specific and multi-media performances, collaborations with companies and practitioners from other artforms, collaborations with musicians from diverse backgrounds and presentations in theatrical or visual arts spaces.

Kuljit Bhamra, who will join the ensemble in Harris, is an internationally-renowned tabla player, and will be running a workshop during the day for a family-friendly hands-on Indian drumming workshop, introducing some of the rhythms and musical ideas that drive Reels to Ragas.

Bhamra is one of the most inspiring and influential musicians, composers and record producers on the British Asian music scene.

He has composed and produced over two thousand songs and is responsible for the rise to fame of numerous Bhangra and Bollywood stars, and has worked on film scores such as the award winning Bhaji on the Beach, Bend it like Beckham, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, The Guru and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

The Reels to Ragas Two tour is from 6-10 March 7.30pm, starting on the 6th at Mission House Harris, 7th Ceilidh Place Ullapool, 8th Universal Hall Findhorn, 9th Victoria and Albert Halls Ballater and 10th Big Shed Tombreck. Tickets £10 (£6). For booking information visit www.rednoteensemble.com.