106 Macquarie Road, Springwood, NSW, 2777, Australia
15th April 2018
Bronwyn Kirkpatrick – shakuhachi Colin Berryman – sitar Special guest John May - calabash Bronwyn Kirkpatrick and Colin Berryman have combined their considerable talents for this captivating Sunday afternoon concert. Colin was a disciple of the late Pandit Ashok Roy; while Bronwyn is an award-winning Master of the Shakuhachi, studying with Riley Lee in Australia and later with shakuhachi masters in Japan. Both regularly perform in cross-cultural collaborations: Colin in Eric Whitacre’s Winter, and projects such as The Firebird, Intertwine, D’yari (Kurdish); while Bronwyn with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz. Grounded in traditional Japanese and Indian melodies and rhythms, ZenRasa seeks to awaken and liberate. “Rasa” is that power in music to evoke an emotion, to transport the listener to another place or time, while the traditional music of the shakuhachi is a meditation practice in Japanese “Zen” Buddhism. For this special debut performance of ZenRasa, Bronwyn and Colin are joined by John May - renowned percussionist of the Blue Mountains, on the West African gourd-drum - the calabash, creating an eclectic instrumental fusion that promises to be fascinating, joyous and uplifting.