British-Asian clarinetist and composer Arun Ghosh presents a new composition for wind orchestra and percussion, inspired by water, ritual and metaphysical journeys.
Bringing together forces of young Northern musicians alongside professional players, Ambhas is a large-scale performance piece that draws on ancient heritage and beliefs.
‘Ambhas’, a Sanskrit word for water, and a Celtic word meaning ‘well’ or ‘good’, is the origin of the name of the River Humber.
Evoking the spirit of the Vikings and water travellers, Ambhas reimagines ancient journey rituals, expressing our metaphysical relationships to rivers, the sea and celestial waters.
Commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust.
Arun Ghosh clarinet
City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band
About Arun Ghosh
Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinetist, composer and music educator. He was named Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2014 in the APPJA / Parliamentary Jazz UK Awards and selected to be a Musician in Residence 2014 in Wuhan, China in association with PRS Foundation and the British Council.
Ghosh was one of the BT Celebrity Storytellers for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and also appeared as a featured artist with his Arkestra Makara pan-Asian chamber orchestra, for the BT River of Music Festival as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Ghosh is an established musical director and composer for theatre and dance with over 70 major productions, from Storm by Lemn Sissay (contact, Manchester) in 2002 to Musical Director and Composer for Lions and Tigers (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) in 2017. His recent theatre compositions include Hobson’s Choice (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Noughts and Crosses (Pilot Theatre/Derby Theatre).
Ghosh’s latest album, but where are you really from? was released in 2017 on camoci records.