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Thu, 27 Jun



Risør kammermusikkfest: Crumb and Bansal

Ever heard the Cikada String Quartet play Crumb's Black Angels or Bansal's music? Cikada String Quartet, known for their exceptional interpretations of these pieces, now offers you the chance to hear both of these remarkable works together for the first time at one concert

Risør kammermusikkfest: Crumb and Bansal
Risør kammermusikkfest: Crumb and Bansal

Time & Location

27 Jun 2024, 15:00

Risør, Prestegata 6, 4950 Risør, Norway

About the Event

Join us for an enchanting evening guided by violinist and composer Harpreet Bansal, as we journey from the depths of Indian raga tradition to the heart of Western melancholy. Renowned for his mastery of ragas, Bansal promises an exploration of meditative soundscapes and playful improvisations.

Central to the program is 'Otherwise,' inspired by the ragas Kaushik Dhwani and Lalit, delicately balancing themes of light and shadow, order and chaos.

Amidst Bansal’s evocative compositions, experience George Crumb’s haunting 'Black Angels – Thirteen Images from the Dark Land,' a poignant reminder of the human toll of conflict. George Crumb, who passed away in February 2022, was known as an explorer in music with alternate forms of notation and expanded instrumental and vocal techniques. Black Angels is written for an eclectic string quartet where the instruments are amplified until the volume reaches the pain threshold. The musicians use instruments in untraditional ways, as well as whispering, singing, shouting, and drumming. Crumb was influenced by painful memories from the Vietnam War when he wrote Black Angels.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of transcendent music, spanning cultures and centuries, as we contemplate themes of love, loss, and the pursuit of peace.


Harpreet Bansal - Otherwise

George Crumb - Black Angels


Harpreet Bansal – violin Andreas Bratlie – tablas Cikada String Quartet

More info and tickets on the festival's website

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