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Stenhouse and Roy play Mullum for Tibet

Bart Stenhouse

World fusion guitarist Bart Stenhouse hits the road today on his second Australian tour for 2018, alongside renowned Indian tabla player Surojato Roy.

Stenhouse and Roy will head off with shows across Central Queensland before heading southalong the East Coast down to Melbourne.

Bart Stenhouse has been an active player on the jazz and world music scenes in South East Queensland, Northern NSW and abroad.

Surojato Roy

His playing and compositions take their root from his love of various world music styles including Spanish flamenco, jazz, North Indian classical, western classical music, folk/roots and blues music. A multi instrumentalist, he performs live on a myriad of instruments including a variety of guitars, electric mandolin, and electric/double bass.

Bart is passionate about finding new avenues of musical expression and common ground between these different worlds of music and actively pursues them around the world with his performances.

Surojato Roy is a percussionist, specializing in tabla, from Calcutta. The son of an Indian classical vocalist and a violinist, Surojato was introduced to playing at an early age by Pandit Tanmoy Bose. Later, he became the youngest ‘Ganda-Bandh’ student of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and has been his disciple for the past eighteen years.

He also plays the pakhwaj, darbouka, djemba, cajon, and khanjira (among other percussion instruments). Surojato has taken his considerable knowledge of tabla to villages in Arunachal Pradesh and parts of the Sunderbans, where he has taught impoverished children. He also teaches free music classes at the Surtaal Academy of Music, where students are given instruments they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Together the duo will perform 14 shows across the country, and in particular, a special show in Mullumbimby.

The concert will feature the musical space where Spanish flamenco and jazz meets North Indian Classical music. All funds raised will go towards the wonderful charity the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala in Northern India.

‘I had a desire to start help children in India ,’ says Stenhouse. ‘I have a few charities I raise funds for in Nepal and India through concerts around the country.

‘A friend of mine, the wonderful Tibetan artist and singer Tenzin Choegyal, told me about the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala and how he grew up there, so it is wonderful to be finally on the path to raising funds for them here as they do brilliant work with offering education to many kids who would miss out completely if it weren’t for them.’

The show will be held at the Empire Cafe in Mullumbimby on Wed June 27.
Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm. Tickets are $20 available at the door on the night and online at www.bartstenhouse.com/events.


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