Kefaya is a musical collective founded by UK-based musicians, Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween. Through collaborations with artists from around the world, they have developed a unique voice that explores world-folk traditions through the means of improvisation, electronics and contemporary grooves. They are currently in the process of finishing their highly-anticipated debut release.
Bringing together their versatility and extensive range of influences, Kefaya’s appeal is in their ability to fuse musical idioms in a unique and organic way. Their sound results from a deep understanding of different musical traditions as well as extensive collaborations with artists from around the world. Their material expresses a deep social and political awareness, utilising folk songs and re-workings of revolutionary anthems.
Regular members of Kefaya include Kenny Higgins – bass (UK), Joost Hendrickx – drums (UK), Alessia Tondo – vocals (Italy), Deborshee Bhattacharjee – vocals (India), ‘Complete’ – vocal quartet (South Africa), Richard Ormrod – reeds (UK), Cormac Byrne – percussion (Ireland), Olivia Moore – violin (UK), Chico Pere – Vocals (Spain), Oliver Dover – sax/clarinet (UK), Matt Holborn – violin (UK), Glenn Sharp – guitar (UK).
Two individuals. Two instruments. One hundred and six strings; strummed, hammered and interwoven. This is where mind and metal entwine to create a dynamic experience of innovative music within the ancient Indian frame. In an exciting collaboration, two outstanding musicians explore a new path; it is rising, falling, curving and revolving, anchored by devotion and driven by imagination. They give a classic sound a new meaning, with calm moments of enchanting resonance, electric jolts of energetic creativity, and the steady yet explosive pulse of the Tabla. Technically brilliant and inspiringly innovative, One Hundred and Six Strings will reverberate vibrantly and breathe new life into a proud and vast tradition.
One Hundred and Six Strings presents the spectacular, rising stars – Giuliano Modarelli on Guitar, and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia on Santoor, currently the only young representatives of their chosen instruments in the British Indian Classical scene. This fiery duo possess a tremendous passion and precision for their craft, generating virtuosic performances and heralding a mature understanding beyond their years. They have explored many different styles of music and have worked with national and international artists, including acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, Mercury Music prize winner Talvin Singh, Grammy Award winning Tabla star Bikram Ghosh, Samay, Paban Das Baul and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
At the heart of Samay is a unique blend of merging styles and instruments. The band features 5 highly accomplished musicians from India and Europe. Each brings their own culture and unique style. This young and talented collective combines traditional forms with a range of contemporary influences to reinvent the sound of Indian Music.Jazz, Flamenco, Samba, Funk and chill out are effortlessly combined to create powerful and dynamic arrangements. Highly developed melodies, fierce improvisation and driving grooves fuel these pieces.The result is a colourful and seamlessly woven blend creating the unique sound that is SAMAY… and the listener is led on a journey that spans continents and decades into the timeless.
Members of Samay include Bhupinder Singh Chaggar on tabla, Jesse Bannister on saxaphone and Giuliano Modarelli.