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date: 22 August 2019

Paintal, Pritilocked

  • Sophie Fuller


(b New Delhi, Feb 2, 1960). Indian composer. In 1982 she studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Delhi Univeristy (BA 1980, MA 1982). Some of her early works were performed by the Delhi SO and broadcast on All India Radio. She moved to the UK on a British Council Scholarship, studying composition at York University and then with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (MMus 1985).

Her distinctive musical voice utilises driving rhythms, modal harmonies and an assured lyricism, often as a framework for the improvisatory skills of the various performers with whom she works. Her influences range from a variety of African and Asian music to Western composers such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky, Corea and Jarrett. In 1988 she founded Shiva Nova, a group of between five and 12 European, Asian and African musicians from both notated and improvising traditions. Shiva Nova has worked with singers, story-tellers, actors, dancers and installation artists to produce vibrant musical performances which are presented in venues ranging from concert halls to nightclubs. Paintal and Shiva Nova have also produced two recordings: ...

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