Sun 4 Sep 2022, 4pm

CBSO Centre

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A musical fusing of continents and celebration of cultures, with live music from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. New music pieces from Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan & Birmingham musicians. With Rohan de Saram, Ondřej Adámek, Neel Kamrul and Shigeko Hata.  

Music in Dialogue forges new pathways ahead, bringing together music from different traditions both in composition and on stage.

Rohan de Saram is a British-born Sri Lankan cellist who, until his 30s made his name as a classical artist before becoming an advocate of contemporary music on the cello. We are very excited to hear his new piece commissioned for his second instrument the Sri Lankan Kandyan drum, performed by himself and accompanied by his son, Bombay Bicycle Club drummer Suren.

Ondřej Adámek has been preparing his Sound Investment commission focussing on multi-faith ever since his first visit to Birmingham back in 2017; he worked with Neel and BCMG in 2019.

On his new piece Ondřej states; "It's a very rhythmical piece that we have to rehearse a lot in a classical way, the result will be something between contemporary and South Asian music."

Take part in this musical celebration of cultures.

During the concert, we will be serving savory samosas, and sweet treats of milk burfi, carrot burfi, and besan patisa. 


Neel Kamrul Voice

Rohan de Saram Kandyan drum

Suren de Saram Drums

Shigeko Hata Voice

Ondřej Adámek Conductor



Ondřej Adámek, b.1979, 

Karakuri (2011), 20'

Whence comes the voice? World Premiere Sound Investment commission for Neel Kamrul, Shigeko Hata

Supported by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


Rohan de Saram, b.1939,

Music for Kandyan drum, String Sextet and Percussion (2022), World premiere Sound Investment commission




Neel Kamrul 

The Story of Maya, for solo performer (2021-2022)



 Hear more about Ondřej's new piece



Watch Neel Kamrul's The Story of Maya to be performed live

Hear Ondřej Adámek & Neel Kamrul discuss Qawwali music



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