Musician Nitin Sawhney brings his cocktail of urban triphop and electronica to Melbourne this October
Twenty years ago, UK musician and composer Nitin Sawhney strode onto the international stage with his seminal album Beyond Skin, scoring a Mercury Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.
On the anniversary of its release, this bold cocktail of urban triphop and electronica, global flavours and provocative sampling proves as urgent in its politics and original in its composition as ever before. In this special one-night-only Melbourne Festival performance, Sawhney will perform Beyond Skin in its entirety.
As a composer, producer and musician, Sawhney is a recipient of over 20 international awards as well as a CBE, an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award, 6 independent honorary doctorates and has scored approximately sixty films including most recently Mowgli for Netflix, and numerous television shows including BBC’s epic Human Planet series. Sawhney has also made over twenty studio albums—eleven under his own name—and has also scored extensively for theatre, dance and video games. Beyond Skin was Sawhney’s fourth album but represented a stellar leap, weaving together deft electronica, compelling vocal arrangements, lush orchestration and the distinct rhythms of his parent’s native India. More than a collection of songs, it is a coherent artistic statement that cut through the chaos to resonate with listeners the world over.
Beyond Skin at 8 pm, on Sunday, 20 October, at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall; 1 hour 30 minutes no interval; Tickets from $59; www.festival.melbourne