Susheela Raman (UK)
Fri 24th May 7 p.m.
The majestic Susheela Raman brings her unearthly musical journey to Sello Hall !
Susheela Raman (b. 1973) moves as a singer, composer and curator between genres, across frontiers into new spaces with an uncanny ease. A song-driven artist, she has the rare ability to shape-shift from a Sanskrit Mantra to a Throbbing Gristle cover and to one her own borderless compositions, which vary from roots-infused melodic to twelve-tone and experimental.
As the Guardian said Susheela is “wildly original, passionate and dangerous”. Though her music has sometimes been described as ‘World’, categorisation does sit easily with her and prefers to call it ‘unearthly’, which captures more of its magical and enigmatic character. A particularly Dionysiac performance in 2012 at the South Bank in London spawned 5-star reviews in the Guardian and the Financial Times.
Susheela’s musical accomplice throughout her journey has been Sam Mills, a founder member of 80’s cult post-punk experimentalists 23 Skidoo. Raman and Mills latest collaboration is their ‘Ghost Gamelan’ album, globally available since June 2018. The record is Susheelas seventh studio release.
As Susheela says “people underestimate the importance of Gamelan in all contemporary music; it has informed all smart music-makers from Debussy and Satie to John Cage, Miles Davis, Steve Reich and Sonic Youth. Its slippery DNA is on everything from Modal Jazz to EDM, so playing with the gamelan is more about connectedness than any kind of exoticism. Bringing a South Indian perspective to it also uncovers another kind of resonance.”
Both Raman and Mills feel this is a game-changing album for them and that the songs themselves are the best they have ever written.
Susheela RAMAN (Voice), PIRASHANNA (Percussions), Smith DUDLEY (Bass), Laura MOODY (Cello), Lucie ANTUNES (Percussion), Sam MILLS (Guitar)
Duration 1 h 10 min, no intermission
Tickets 35,50 € + delivery fee (from 1 €), lippu.fi