NMC Listening Club: Param Vir 'Wheeling Past the Stars'

1st June 2021

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This episode of our NMC Listening Club series will be livestreamed via YouTube on Tuesday 8 June 2021.

Viewers of the live stream will be able to leave comments and ask questions in the YouTube chat room feature or you can submit questions in advance at nmc@nmcrec.co.uk

 

We are excited to announce the third episode in a new online series called NMC Listening Club. In each live broadcast we’ll be exploring selected releases from our catalogue, in conversation with the composers and artists involved in their creation, plus further insight from specialists.

Composer Param Vir is joined by consultant music advisor and ex-Artistic Director at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Stephen Newbould to take a deep dive into Param's album Wheeling Past the Stars, the first album to be solely dedicated to Vir's music, recently released on NMC. 

Recently described in The Guardian as "...an exemplar for life: many styles and traditions living freely, fruitfully, distinctly, in the mind of one person," Vir's work synthesises Indian classical music with western traditions inspired by his studies with Peter Maxwell Davies and Oliver Knussen. Our guests will take a deep dive into works on the album, including the title track of the release, which sets the poetry of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and explores the themes of love, politics, nature; Raga Fields, the product of months of close collaboration between Vir and Soumik Datta, the British Indian virtuoso sarod player; and Before Krishna which utilises serialist techniques and takes inspiration from the images around the birth of Krishna, the most popular and loved of the Hindu gods.

About NMC Listening Club

In each live broadcast we’ll be exploring selected releases from our back catalogue, in conversation with the composers and artists involved in their creation, plus further insight from specialists. Viewers of the live stream are encouraged to participate, leave comments and ask questions in the chat room for the guests to answer at the end of the discussion.

The aim of this live online series is to keep in touch with our audience and take a deep dive into selected releases in our back catalogue. A sort of modern-day Recorded Music Society! We trialled a pilot Listening Club in May for NMC friends and donors and the feedback was extremely positive. They enjoyed feeling part of a community, getting to hear from composers and specialists, being able to leave comments in the live chat room and ask questions.

NMC's Discover platform is created in partnership with ISM Trust.

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