Os Músicos do Tejo

Portugal · India

Venue: Monastery of Alcobaça – Manueline Sacristy

Alankaar - French Baroque and Indian Classical Music (Carnatic)

Ancient Music Ensemble


A program that avoids euro-centrism while honoring the sublime and complex Indian musical culture with a cast of musicians from various parts of the world. One of the most spiritual and developed musics on our planet that both attempts to reach the metaphysical dimension with its pure and meditative sounds, and complexifies itself in demanding mathematical games that put the rhythm in the foreground. In this sense, Western music called itself "modern" when it started—with Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Debussy—to use certain rhythms that, in India, had already been used for more than two thousand years.

This concert is like a dialogue between two worlds: European baroque music, to which Os Músicos do Tejo usually dedicate themselves, and Indian classical Carnatic music, of which Shashank Subramanyam is one of the most outstanding representatives. An attempt is made to highlight the various points in common between these two musical languages: the taste for ornamentation, the importance of rhythmic structure, and the enormous sonic affinity between the Indian bamboo flute and the transverse flute of the Baroque period.

In addition to the Indian tradition and the French baroque, original compositions by S. Subramanyam himself and by Eero Hämeenniemi, composed especially for this ensemble, will also be heard.

Shashank Subramanyam, one of the most important Indian musicians of today, began his career at the age of six and since then has had an uninterrupted activity in classical Indian music. He is considered one of the greatest performers of the bamboo flute and has collaborated with musicians such as John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Zakir Hussein and Ustad Sultan Khan, having presented himself on stages all over the world. He has performed in the most important venues in the world, such as the Théâtre de la Ville or the Darbar Festival in London.


Shashank Subramanyam, bamboo flute 

Os Músicos do Tejo
François Nicolet, traverso (baroque flute)
Denys Stetsenko and Álvaro Pinto, violin
Nuno Mendes, viola
Ana Raquel Pinheiro, cello
Vicente Magalhães, double bass
Jarrod Cagwin, percussion
Marta Araújo, harpsichord
Marcos Magalhães, direction

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