2014 is the 20th Edinburgh Mela, and we’re marking the occasion with something extra-special. We’ve commissioned Soumik Datta (pictured, at the 2012 Mela), the hugely talented young sarod player whose previous collaborators include Beyonce, Jay Z, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and comedian Bill Bailey, to create a brand new piece of music in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The result is The King of Ghosts, inspired by Gupi Gayen, Bagha Bayen, a film by the late Indian arthouse master Satyajit Ray, who received the Academy Awards Honorary Award a few weeks before his death in 1992. The piece combines rich orchestral textures, Indian folk rhythms and funk-tipped electronic beats, and will be performed as excerpts from the strange, magical film are projected around the audience, pulling them into a dark fairytale atmosphere.
After its world premiere at a special evening performance on the Edinburgh Mela site on Friday 29th August, The King of Ghosts will go on to tour Scotland, with dates in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket (5th September), Perth Horsecross (6th September) and Eden Court in Inverness (7th September). While the Edinburgh Mela has been commissioning exciting new dance, theatre and musical works for the past few years, this is the first time that we’ve created something specifically for a Scotland-wide touring audience. Tickets for the three touring performances are already on sale; tickets for the Edinburgh premiere will go on sale with the tickets for the Mela itself, on Tuesday 8 July.
A dedicated King of Ghosts page with full booking info will be up soon (click through just now for Glasgow, Perth and Inverness tickets).