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In harmony The Laya Project Live!

In harmony The Laya Project Live!  

EarthSync talks of the thrill of performing at the Perth International Arts Festival

Chennai-based music label EarthSync will present the Laya Project Live! at the opening ceremony of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) on February 13.

The PIAF is said to be the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and annually offers some of the world’s best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. For over 50 years the festival has welcomed to Perth some of the world’s greatest artists.

Laya Project Live is “a personal and collective tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, and is dedicated to the survivors of the 2004 Tsunami”. With 25 musicians from percussionists, Buddhist chanters, folk and Carnatic musicians to Sufi singers, the Laya Project Live will interpret traditional instruments in an electronic mix.

An audio-visual journey through six Asian countries, the Laya Project Live! apart from winning various awards is also being broadcast worldwide on Nat Geo. In an email interview, the team at EarthSync speaks about PIAF and more…

What does it mean for EarthSync to have its live production Laya Project be invited to perform at the opening show at PIAF?

It is very encouraging to know that our productions are appreciated across continents, and being recognised by PIAF — a very respected and established arts festival — is an honour.

What does the festival signify for EarthSync?

PIAF is an international event that has been bringing together some of the best in the arts. For Laya Project Live! to be invited to open the Festival signifies that EarthSync’s production is considered to be among the best in the international arts arena.

What about showcasing the experience and musical collaborations of the Laya Project through the audio-visual journey of six Asian countries by 25 musicians?

It was always one of the key intentions of EarthSync to give folk and traditional music forms of the Laya Project communities an international platform. That the Laya Project Live! artists and music are today on such a prestigious stage means that Laya Project not only as physical products and shows, but also as a concept has succeeded.

What else is EarthSync looking forward to at the festival in terms of interaction and cultural programmes?

Apart from interacting with the festival’s artists and producers, we expect PIAF to open more doors for future creative collaborations and business opportunities.

What has EarthSync been working on lately?

EarthSync is also working on new productions — albums and shows, which will be released in the coming months. We are also releasing our two much-awaited new albums “Nagore Session”s and “Voice Over The Bridge”. The albums, distributed in India by EMI, will be available at all leading outlets.

Any other performances lined up?

There is interest in Laya Project Live! by venues both in India and Europe for 2009, and we expect these to be confirmed shortly.

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