Simon Thacker and the Nava Rasa Ensemble – Nada-Ananda
Fruitful reinterpretation by the British classical guitarist and collaborators
This article is from 2012.
(Slap The Moon)
Shirish Korde’s Nada-Ananda concerto allows classical guitarist Simon Thacker and South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, working with the Edinburgh Quartet, Brazilian bassist Mario Caribe and percussionist Iain Sandilands, to show just how invigorating music can be when it draws its sensibilities from a host of styles, releasing it from the inhibitions of genre pigeon-holing.
Coupled with Nigel Osborne’s utterly magical The Birth of Naciketas, Thacker’s bold and highly successful project fuses imaginative improvisation and virtuosity within a compelling sequence. Timing, pace, a degree of playfulness, exquisite painterly tone and texture from all involved create a transforming emotional world.