Original Composition: Sitar Guitar Suites
Commissioned by renowned guitarist Timothy Walker with support from the Arts Council
Sitar Guitar Suites was commissioned by renowned guitarist Timothy Walker with support from the Arts Council Great Britain. It premiered at the Purcell Rooms, South Bank London. This is a scored work.
The composition is a garland of scales emanating from Thaat Poorvi. The first movement begins with an exploration of chords and harmonies followed by a guitar/sitar duet in 7 beats, discovering 3,5,8,11, and 13 beats within roopak of 7 beats. The second movement begins with a composition including an improvised section. Thirteen ragas in Poorvi Thaat unfold. The third and shortest movement consists of sitar and guitar together followed by a simple jhala concluding with a tihayi.
Sitar Guitar suites has recently been released on Arc/Naxos Music performed by Baluji Shrivastav OBE and guitarist and Indonesian musician Boo Boo Sianturi