London-based Indian musician, composer, television presenter, and sarod maestro Soumik Datta returns with the release of his dynamic new single, Tiger Tiger to conclude his previous EP JANGAL – also themed arounddeforestation and the climate change crisis.
Soumik whose single will be out on 22ND April 2020 on the occasion of Earth Day via Soumik Datta Arts has been made an #ArtistForTheEarth by Earth Day Network to widen greater awareness for the environment through music.
Soumik, who has collaborated with international popstars like Beyonce, Jay-Z and British-Asian stalwarts like Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan and Anoushka Shankar has championed Indian arts in the mainstream through his work with London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and even through appearances at festivals like Glastonbury and WOMAD in 2019.
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Talking about the inspiration behind his latest single, Soumik elaborates, “Tiger Tiger is the finale to my previous EP Jangal. Responding to the critical loss of biodiversity, my music uses the sarod woven in with instruments and musical styles from Brazil, India, Malaysia – where forests are being cleared at alarming rates. Drums from the Amazon region blended with tribal woodwinds from North East India, tabla, sarod and electronics create a protest of sound.”
He adds further, “Wildlife all over the world, is under stress. What we face today is the consequence of that – locked down and under threat from Covid19. The more we disturb forests and natural habitats, the more danger we are in.
Talking about his Bengali roots Soumik adds, “I’m also from Bengal – which at point was the land of tigers. But the Sundarban delta on the eastern coast of India is yet another climate hotspot and holds just a few of these majestic animals now. Perhaps culturally, I identify with the tiger the most. For me, this wild beast more than any other symbolizes the immense power of nature. By wearing the mask, the song becomes a voice for all the endangered, hunted and marginalized creatures of our world.”
Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network says, “The green message within Soumik Datta’s new music draws us back to our planet as it hurtles towards tipping point. In 2020, we at Earth Day Network mark 50 years and welcome Soumik as an – Artist For the Earth”
Combining Indian classical melodies with colourful, urban beats, Soumik is able to create an eclectic mix of sounds that is both transcendent and innovative. Playing the nineteen stringed, fretless sarod, Soumik’s impassioned energy simmers endlessly. His tremendous range provides enough complex rhythms and glissando notes to augment music in any genre.
Bridging the world of Indian classical and contemporary music, Jangal, is a vibrant tangle of musical influences and styles with the planet at the centre of it. The soundtrack crackles with a defiant energy, and meshes ancient, digital, vocal and electronic rhythms and melodies. The EP, which released in November 2019, is available on all streaming platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Vevo among other platforms worldwide.