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Mela 100 - Zoe Rahman

4 September 13 words: Emma O'Neill
A performance that promises to pull you into its soul with the merging of music, light, poetry and film
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The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music” wrote Indian Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore; a fitting quote to describe a celebration of his work at Nottingham Art Exchange which will mould sound, light, poetry, architecture, text and the music of MOBO award winning and Mercury nominated contemporary jazz pianist Zoe Rahman.

Zoe Rahman will also be collaborating with Idris Rahman and Sahana Bajpaie on the evening, and the trio’s performance will be given an added depth with a live video set that will mix lights, projection mapping, film footage, live feeds and sound-interactive visualisation. The layered performance/presentation is hoping to communicate to the audience not only who Tagore was but express the beauty and emotion of his work on a visual and auditory level. Roshni Belakavadi, NAE’s Programme and Events Co-ordinator explains, “While Tagore is best known for his poetry, he was also an artist, philosopher and composer, among other things. His work crossed many genres and so too will this performance.”

The performance is part of Nottingham’s Mela 100, a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema, and the poetry of Tagore. Zoe Rahman’s performance will be something a bit different, so expect the unexpected… It is also just one of the events of the festival, artists and community groups will be interpreting key moments in Indian poetry and cinema, so check out NAE’s website for more Mela 100 events.

Zoe Rahman and friends will be playing at New Art Exchange on Saturday 7 September, 7.30 – 9.15pm. £12/£10.

Mela 100 website

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