Sai Symphony is a composition by German composer Mike Herting for classical orchestra, choir and soloists from India, Africa and Europe. It is a piece commissioned by Sathya Sai Baba Trust in order to celebrate Swamis 90th birthday. In five movements, Sai Babas life, his teachings and doings are
reflected. (Deutsche Info s.u.)
Sai Symphony has been played for the first time on November 23, 2015 inPuttaparthi, India and subsequently a week later in Delhi. Some of the most renown musicians from India took part in these concerts, namely Guru Karaikuddi Mani on Mridangam, Shashank on Flute, Debarshish Battajarjee on Indian Slide Guitar, Suda Ragunatham as a singer, Ganesh and Kumaresh on violin plus many others. Famous Mauritanian singer Cheickh Lehbiadh and the renowned percussionist from Senegal, Pape Samory Seck also took part as well as German altosaxophonist Heiner Wiberny.
The composer has been studying western classical music as well as Carnatic music and in his composition uses elements of both cultures, bringing them together for the first time and thus creating a unique sound, full of musicians’ craft and spirituality. The music speaks directly to the heart of the audience, regardless of nationality, color or religion. It is made in order to transgress fear and reluctance between cultures and peoples, thus creating a liberating atmosphere of understanding and love.
Now Mike Herting‘s Sai Symphony will be performed for the 1st time in Europe on May 28 in Wuppertal, Germany. See link for more info and tickets, find a list of already annunced solo musicians of the concert below.
Der deutsche Komponist Mike Herting schuf die Sai Symphony nach dem Leben und Wirken des indischen Weisen Sai Baba’s Blessings. In dem Zusammenwirken einiger der besten Solisten Indiens und Afrikas mit der klassischen Orchesterformation ergänzen sich die klassischen Formen der europäischen Musik mit indischer Skalentheorie und afrikanischen Rhythmen – eine mitreisende Musik voller Frische und Zauber entsteht. Ein Fest für die Sinne!
Ein ganz besonderes Konzert bildet ein symphonisches interkulturelles Werk, in dem das Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal mit Chor und indischen sowie afrikanischen Solisten auf der Buhne steht: Sai-Symphonie!
Musiker / Musicians:
Guru Karaikuddi Mani – Percussion
Shashank – Flöte / Flute
Debashsish Bhattacherjee – Indian Slide Guitar
Pape Samory Seck – Percussion
Amrit Khandjira II – Percussion
Sai Shravanam – Percussion
Heiner Wiberny – Saxophon
Cheickh Lehbiadh – Vocal