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Counterflows 2017
A Carnatic Paradigm - Talk

Sat 8 April 2017

Frances Morgan of the Wire will chair this Q&A session with artists involved with the Carnatic Paradigm Project exploring some of the ideas behind its inspiration.

This year sees one of Counterflows’ most ambitious projects – a new multichannel sound and light installation which will be presented at CCA throughout the festival. Created and curated by Mark Fell, with works by Rian Treanor and Nakul Krishnamurthy, and a series of curated performances by various musicians from the South Indian tradition, the project responds to the systems and processes of Carnatic music of South India.

After last year’s stunning performance by the Carnatic music ensemble to close Counterflows, we asked Mark Fell if he would consider creating a new piece that explores the complex systems present in Carnatic music; how those systems relate to creative practices and musical vocabularies; and the correspondences with his own musical methodologies and critical writings on technology.

In November 2016 Mark, Rian Treanor and Alasdair Campbell spent ten days in Chennai researching Carnatic music. This involved meeting musicians, attending temple performances, observing lessons and exploring the basic fabric that Carnatic music is built on.

The focus of the research visit was not to learn to play Carnatic music or to take part in cross cultural improvisations, but to carefully examine the structures and methods found in this music and to enter into a mutually supportive dialogue with those active in this tradition.

AC Projects acknowledges the continuing support of British Council and Creative Scotland in the realisation of this project.