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Priti Menon, Denyse Anyogu, vocals
Vikaash Sankadecha, Indian percussion
Harvin Singh, drums
Niraj Chag, laptop/creative director


You run on tracks, not roads tells the story of Niraj’s family, who travelled from India to Uganda to the UK as they sought work, and faced acceptance and resistance from the public and politicians along the way. Niraj has created the piece using the words of well-known nationalist politicians. At times uncomfortable to hear, these powerful, beguiling words are set to music to ask questions about who defines our land, and who it truly belongs to. The other musical element is the sound of the railroad, which has been ever-present as a theme in Niraj’s story of migration. In contrast to the forces of resistance, the railroad creates a feel of dynamism, a force to move people and create change.


‘Niraj is one of the most exciting young composers of today and we’re thrilled to support this cross art-form commission pinpointing moments in history across India, East Africa and the UK as part of New Music Biennial. The final piece will also headline our 10th anniversary programme later in 2014.’ Arts Depot



For more information about all 20 pieces of the New Music Biennial, visit our page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial



Arts Depot

You run on tracks, not roads was commissioned by Arts Depot.


Produced with the support of partners and funders:

New Music Biennial Funders


The performance of You run on tracks, not roads was recorded live by the BBC at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 2 August 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4 and 7 August 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201417
Release Date:
14 August 2014