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Soumik and Bernhard speak about Circle of Sound

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Published on May 21, 2012

An insight into the Circle of Sound project Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger.

Soumik Datta is best described by Mercury award winning Talvin Singh as "Darjeeling tea meets Coca-Cola"! The young British composer is one of the most acclaimed Sarod (muscular plucked Indian string instrument) players of his generation. Trained by Maestro Buddhadev Das Gupta and a Masters graduate from Trinity College of Music, he plays the electric Sarod and composes for feature film soundtracks ('Life Goes On' and 'Tooting Broadway'). Austrian percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger plays the Western drum kit like a tabla virtuoso, seamlessly blending Indian and Western rhythms into a unique drumming style. Having studied with Tablamaster Pt. Suresh Talwalkar and Trilok Gurtu heis a rhythm visionary constantly pushing boundaries. Between the two artists they have collaborated with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Bill Bailey, Susheela Rahman, Raghu Dixit etc. The duo known as "Circle of Sound" infuse Indian music, Drum and Bass, electronics and visuals to spectacular effect.

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