String mae­stros of­fer in­sight into spir­i­tual world


IN­DIAN-born sitar player and vocalist Kanada Nara­hari is set to take the stage as part of the Guy But­tery Trio at the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don Theatre on Oc­to­ber 10.

The artist said he was in high school when he saw Pan­dit Gana­p­ati Bhat Hasanagi, a renowned hin­dus­tani clas­si­cal vocalist, per­form­ing in con­cert.

“It was clear to me there and then that I needed to learn mu­sic. I dreamt of be­com­ing a mu­si­cian.”

His mu­si­cal in­flu­ences in­clude Pan­dit Bhim­sen Joshi, Vi­layat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Rais Khan and Peter Gabriel.

The Guy But­tery Trio will per­form at the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don Theatre for a spe­cial one-off mid-week con­cert. The col­lab­o­ra­tion con­sists of Guy But­tery on gui­tar, Nara­hari on sitar and vo­cals, and bass player Shane Cooper.

The trio pre­miered two shows to­gether to packed-out au­di­ences at the 2018 Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown.

On fu­sion and mu­sic, and how it af­fected so­cial change and co­he­sion, Nara­hari said it was an­other face of “so­cial co­he­sion”.

“When we watch, with an open eye, the mas­ters from var­i­ous gen­res per­form­ing to­gether on stage, we see the beauty and tra­di­tions of world mu­sic. With the closed eye we im­bibe the beauty of mu­sic in­side and that is spir­i­tu­al­ity.

“The mu­sic, es­pe­cially the fu­sion mu­sic or col­lab­o­ra­tive mu­sic, can be suc­cess­ful only when there is in­sight to the spir­i­tual world. This spir­i­tu­al­ity is the foun­da­tion and roof for so­cial co­he­sion.”

Dur­ing the 70-minute ex­pe­ri­ence, But­tery will swop his gui­tar for the mbira (the African thumb pi­ano), while Nara­hari’s emo­tive voice will com­ple­ment the var­i­ous in­stru­ments. Cooper will fea­ture on elec­tric bass and acous­tic dou­ble bass, as well as a va­ri­ety of live sam­ples.

In an age where dig­i­tal tech­nique and au­to­tune are in, Nara­hari spoke about the value that tra­di­tional sounds of­fered.

“Tech­nol­ogy-in­duced mu­sic is al­ways cool, but with the back­ground of rich tra­di­tional mu­sic, the tech­ni­cal mu­sic can be sweeter. We can dig­i­talise chords and so on but we can never dig­i­talise tone. This is the hu­man touch.”

Guy But­tery and Kanada Nara­hari.

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