Sarod maestro Soumik Datta returns with the release of his dynamic new single, Tiger Tiger, out now via Soumik Datta Arts.
Combining Indian classical melodies with colourful, urban beats, Soumik is able to create an eclectic mix of sounds that are both transcendent and innovative. Playing the nineteen stringed, fretless sarod, Soumik’s impassioned energy simmers endlessly. His tremendous range provides enough complex rhythms and glissando notes to augment music in any genre. Talking about the single, Soumik elaborates, “Tiger Tiger is the continuation of my previous EP Jangal. Themed around deforestation and the climate change crisis, the compositions in Jangal used my sarod woven in with instruments and musical styles from forests that are being cleared at alarming rates. Drums from the Amazon region blended with tribal woodwinds from North East India and tuned metal percussion from Indonesia to create an uproar of sound. Tiger Tiger is a response to man’s continual destruction of nature. This track imagines the roar of animals as they speed through the forest watching their homes on fire. We invade tropical forests with road building, mining and logging. We cut trees, we kill animals, we disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural habitats. Today, we are seeing the hidden cost of human economic development. And now more than ever, it is time to change our relationship with the Earth.”
Soumik will be taking part in PRS Presents LCKDWN which begins Friday, 24 April at midday (BST). The one-off live event is being hosted in aid of the PRS Emergency Relief Fund, which was created expressly to support songwriters and composers facing significant financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
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