Multi-Glocal Sounds












Under the Eastern Moon was a delightful collection of  both familiar and exotic (at least to the Indian ear).  Hosted by ABC Music Deli’s Paul Petran, the free for all concert featuring a true aural feast full of exquisite music, voices and strings from Turkey, Afghanistan, Japan and India, made in Australia.

Artists featured were Dya Singh (India), Khalil Gudaz (Afghanistan), Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa (Japan) and Huzzam (Turkey).

The evening began with the youthful  sibling band of the Sevin family in rendering of the Huzzam – an entrancing form of classical Turkish music. Gul, Melike, Menekse and Gamze Sevin played their way into the audience’s hearts. The Sevin band also featured their youngest little brother who was debuting with his amazing percussion skills.

Followed by which was Ustad (Maestro) Khalil Gudaz, who  is one of the most outstanding practitioners of Afghani and Hindustani music in Australia today. The highlight of his performance was his sitar rendition of a Pashtuni folk song. His nephew Ramin was a outstanding tabla accompaniment.

We moved from the mountain soundscapes of Afghanistan to the land where enduring tradition and technology both are an integral part of modern life.

The Shamisen is an instrument steeped in Japanese tradition. Throw in a bit of southern Blues. You will end up with the pair of Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa. Japanese Tsugaru shamisen player Noriko Tadano joins blues singer and guitarist George Kamikawa to play an fantastic  mix of Japanese blues. George was the recipient of the Australian Country Music Busking Championship in 2004 at Tamworth and recently of the 2008 Australian Busking Championship. Sugoi was the word for the pair of these performers!

Dya Singh and his troupe consisting of his daughters Parvyn, Jamel and Harsel performed Gurbani – an original style of Sikh (spiritual), Punjabi and North Indian music with influences from many cultures. Fusing and embracing music virtually from any other part of the globe including blues, jazz, folk (all kinds), country & western, country, Australian indigenous and bush, Dya Singh through his music aims for people to find Peace, Love, Laughter and Contentment.

**[This event is presented and produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Music Deli with the generous support of the City of Melbourne as part of The Emerge Festival. From Africa to the Far East, from the traditional to the contemporary, from the emerging to the established, music, dance, visual arts, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies – Emerge Festival is a dynamic celebration of Victoria’s many rich and undiscovered refugee and emerging cultures. Emerge Festival commemorates the United Nations World Refugee Day and celebrates Refugee Week in Australia with a series of amazing performances and unique cultural experiences around Melbourne from 16 June to 26 July 2009.]** Source:  Multicultural Victoria


A Graphic Avatar

Seahorse (Warehouse A), Mumbai, India – © Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd

Planet 3 Studios have done their bit by injecting a new life into the abandoned cotton mills of Mumbai with their playful textile-motif inspired retail warehouse designs.

These derelict mills lay spread in the central part of the burgeoning metropolis and exist as the stark reminders of colonial and pre-independent India. Nevertheless they provide a great opportunity for creating adaptive re-use spaces.

Interestingly enough Planet 3 Studios, as contemporary representatives of Indian architecture, seek inspiration from India’s rich variety of motifs and textile designs and work with an intuition to use bold colours.

A marriage of graphic design and architecture is clearly demonstrated in the Seahorse Warehouse. The interiors are a splash of all the brand colours – bright reds, white and blue with the wall featuring embroidery patterns cut-out in plywood. These designs are mapped onto the façades of both the warehouses, thus bringing the playfulness all throughout the buildings and in line with the aesthetics of Planet 3 Studios. They dub their aesthetics as “designs that promote energy, vitality, communication and help improve work or living environment.”

According to the designers, their “solution defers to the historical context by retaining and revitalizing intricate metal and woodwork.” They recall their design process during which they wanted to retain a tree that sat on the site. The tree in all tragedy was cut down by the contractor. As a result, the designers invoke the tree by affixed plywood cutouts on the ceiling and the walls. Having liked the “graphic quality of the tree stencil blocks in ACAD,” they simply replicated the designs onto the elevation and the plan. The design of these warehouses’ makes great use of natural light with its numerous skylights, while artificial lighting is judicially utilised for retail displaying purposes.

Design Team: Santha Gour Mattoo, Hina Parmar, Kalhan Mattoo, Kanwaldeep Kapoor.

Via World Architecture News

A Glassy Debut

Copyright of BDS

Indian architectural firm Building Design Studios have made their debut into their first ever private residential experiment with the Glass House in the southern city of Chennai. Located in Adyar, an affluent suburb of Chennai, the glass and steel structure will generously house four bedrooms, living/dining and service spaces.  A separate building contains a club house which incorporates a gym, pool, steam and games room. According to the architects, the house is built with a “very minimalist approach to the design while respecting the principles of Vaastu Shastra.”