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Two Birmingham-based musicians have been commissioned to create brand-new music which scores an incredible video of Symphony Halls' £13.2 million transformation.
Isla Wolfe and Surdarshan Singh have collaborated for the first time on this two-minute track, fusing hip-hop and tabla percussion. The music accompanies a video produced by time lapse photographers, Commission Air, which shows the changes to the venue's front of house spaces overlooking Centenary Square. Watch the video here.
Music is at the heart of the redeveloped public spaces in Birmingham's internationally renowned concert hall. Upon re-opening the new state-of-the-art performance facilities, delivered with funds raised prior to the global pandemic, will offer local artists even more opportunities to make music as part of an exciting programme of free and affordable events and activities.
Isla Wolfe is an unsigned artist, writer and producer based in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Growing up in a family of musicians, Isla spent her younger years immersed in the live music industry and this inspired her to start singing and teaching herself to play every instrument she could get her hands on.
Influenced mainly by neo soul, R&B, trap and hip-hop, Isla is producing, writing, recording and engineering her own music completely independently. Following her release of 'All About You' featuring Phundo Art, she released her latest single “Better Days” in late 2020. 'Better Days' has received overwhelming support from BBC Introducing in the Midlands, as well as national radio station, BBC 6 Music with Tom Robinson.
Surdarshan Singh (Sunny) is a young, masterful Tabla & Jori player who started learning music at the tender age of 4. He started learning Jori-Pakhawaj and tabla from Punjab Grandmaster Ajit Singh Matlashi and then went on to learn from Ustad Gurmeet Singh Virdee.
After receiving a solid foundation and feel of the Punjab Gharana and its various Pakhawaj styles, Surdarshan went on to learn from the legendary Shiri Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari for 14 years. He vigorously learned and practiced the fierce Benares Gharana style of tabla, while keeping his Punjabi Baaj of Jori-Pakhawaj very much alive.
Surdarshan Singh received his degree in Classical Music and is now an enthralling soloist. He performs nationally and internationally accompanying maestros of international repute across the globe representing his country. He is also one of the leading accompanists and soloists in the UK.
He was recently invited to play at the Buckingham Palace to play a very rare percussive instrument called jori in the queens music room.
For the first time, Birmingham’s world-renowned concert hall now boasts a dedicated entrance from Centenary Square – which is itself is undergoing major redevelopment to provide a high-quality public realm within the second city.
To find out about Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s forthcoming performances and events, visit thsh.co.uk
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