Scottish Ensemble Presents: Jasdeep Singh Degun

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Programme

Programme to include:
Jasdeep Singh Degun Excerpts from Anomaly and Arya
Terry Riley Selected works
Hildegard von Bingen Selected works 

Jasdeep Singh Degun sitar
Harkiret Singh Bahra tabla
Scottish Ensemble

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Biographies

Jasdeep Singh Degun

Jasdeep’s dynamic performance experience spans a wide range of prestigious and high-profile venues across the UK and abroad, including Buckingham Palace in 2011 for HRH Prince Harry as part the BBC2 documentary Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment. In 2012, Jasdeep performed at the United Nations opening of the Amphitheatre in Doha, Qatar, in a production lead by the film composer Vangelis.

In 2015, Jasdeep performed live on BBC2 accompanying kathak finalist Vidya Patel on the BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand Final, and accompanied the legendary Donovan at his Shram-Rock concert at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. That same year, Jasdeep was featured on Shri Sriram’s (Badmarsh and Shri) album ‘Just A Vibration’, alongside the Yorkshire based Hammonds Brass Band, which launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015.

In 2017, Jasdeep had the honour of performing alongside Ustad Dharambir Singh and Roopa Panesar at a concert commemorating the life and legacy of the Late Maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. Jasdeep was also lucky to perform on the main stage of the prestigious Darbar Festival alongside the kathak dancer Dheerendra Tiwari. The concert was also broadcasted on Sky Arts in December 2017.

2019 saw Jasdeep showcase music from his debut album, Anomaly, at a sell out performance at the Purcell Room, Southbank. The concert was attended by many eminent musicians including Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar and Smt. Sukanya Shankar, Swati Natekar, and Pandit Sanju Sahai.

Jasdeep has worked with musicians and producers such as Guy Chambers, Cerys Matthews, Melanie C, and Vangelis as a regular studio session musician. Jasdeep continues to push the boundaries of Indian classical music in the UK as well as developing his unique versatility as a promising young artist.

As a British-born composer, Jasdeep has developed a well-rounded sense of musicality and sensitivity towards not only Indian Classical music but many other different styles and genres. He has gained a rich experience in collaborative work across art forms and has regularly accompanied and created music for prolific dance pieces.

The Royal Albert Hall hosted Jasdeep at the 2014 BBC Proms, showcasing his own original compositions based on Indian Classical music and, in 2016, Jasdeep was commissioned by zer0classikal to write a concerto for sitar and string quartet, titled The Bridge.

2017 was a particularly fruitful year as Jasdeep not only wrote the soundtrack to the independent short film ‘Taraash’, and directed the music for the production ‘India’s Children: Partition’ (commissioned by Opera North and South Asian Arts-uk), but also directed and performed in the production of ‘George Harrison: The Story of The Beatles and Indian Music’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

In 2020, Jasdeep was commissioned by Opera North to write a new work, ‘Arya: concerto for Sitar and Orchestra’ which premiered at the Huddersfield Town Hall. The work later went on tour with successful performances at Durham Cathedral, the RNCM, and the Birmingham CBSO to critical acclaim.

Jasdeep is currently supported by and the PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund and Open Fund.

Jasdeep began his training in vocal music with Smt. Gunwant Kaur whilst studying at Primary School in Leeds. He soon began classes at the local community centre under the guidance of the late Jayasree Sen Gupta, before learning under Dr Vijay Rajput as part of the Yorkshire Young Musicians scheme at the Leeds College of Music. Jasdeep was also a regular attendee of the South Asian Arts-uk annual Summer Schools and had the opportunity to train with the renowned vocalists Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakrabarty.

Jasdeep began the study of sitar under Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE from the relatively late age of fifteen. Taken initially as a secondary subject, Jasdeep soon made the decision to focus primarily on sitar with Ustad Dharambir Singh as his sole teacher and mentor.

Around this time, Jasdeep auditioned to join Samyo (the national South Asian youth orchestra) and became its first ever vocalist. Jasdeep remained a member of Samyo (and later Tarang, the national south asian ensemble) for over a decade and as a result developed a keen interest in, and understanding of, Carnatic music.

Due to the open-mindedness of Ustad Dharambir ji, Jasdeep has been encouraged to train intensively in India, and took the opportunity to study with the maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan (in the winter of 2010). As an International Scholar, Jasdeep studied at the prestigious Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata under the guidance of Pandit Partho Chatterjee and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in early 2016.

Scottish Ensemble

“For half a century, we have been shrinking the gap between listeners and musicians.

From our roots as a specialist early music ensemble, we’ve become a versatile performing group that makes ageless art for the here and now. Scottish Ensemble continue to resist the constraints of a home venue, a set season or a creative routine. We are shaped by the changing times in which we live and by the collaborations we seek across boundaries.

From the start, intimacy and individuality were our core values. Two freethinking Scots established the Scottish Baroque Ensemble in 1969. Three years later a core of twelve string players was visiting the Highlands and islands that other orchestras couldn’t reach. We made our international reputation with global tours, Edinburgh International Festival appearances, a high-profile contract with Virgin Records and one of the biggest sponsorship deals of its kind, when we were known for ten years as the BT Scottish Ensemble.

Now, we’re as likely to play the music of the distant past as the music of the immediate future. We delve into traditional Scottish music and commission the nation’s most visionary composers. Residencies away from Scotland’s central belt have proved testing grounds for new ways of playing and better ways of engaging with communities. We continuously reappraise the experience of our existing, new and potential audiences; we believe strongly that an audience itself shapes a performance.

After more than fifty years, we have redefined what a group of twelve musicians can do. These days we tend to design each performance as a bespoke experience: a meeting of site, sound and vision that generates an atmosphere of its own. In the last decade, we have made cross-artform work a priority, collaborating with visual artists, digital artists, dance companies and theatre makers. This exploratory work continually refreshes our musicianship and reboots our relationship to the music we’ve always played, from baroque concertos to music fresh off the page, helping us tell stories that connect with what matters in today’s world.

As a group of musicians, we hold our audience closer than ever. Our performances are designed to take you elsewhere for an hour, an evening or just a few minutes. Tea dances, ceilidhs, mindfulness sessions and work with those experiencing complex health needs continue to be vital elements of our artistic mission. Every engagement is special. Every performance is driven by artists who feel the privilege and responsibility of their work.

These days, Scottish Ensemble belongs everywhere and nowhere. The whole of Scotland is ours, but we also reach listeners here and everywhere through digital projects. With the support of Creative Scotland, we are proud to be a beacon of Scottish creativity that has led audiences to experience music differently. With us, you may not know what’s coming. But you know your ears will be in good hands.” – Scottish Ensemble