Here’s a sample:
“The songs on “Sun Gate” are a mix of ancient traditional music — some dating back to the third century — and compositions by Mr. Chatterjee. The title track refers to the last stop for travelers leaving China on the Silk Road, and the melody is that of a Qing Dynasty song. “Bilawal,” written by Mr. Chatterjee, is a reworking of a classic raga that symbolizes the energy of the late morning sun.
Mr. Chatterjee approached the project from a philosophical point of view as much as a musical one. “We are one race, sharing this planet with different appearances, different languages, different approaches to life. But those differences are all very superficial,” he said.
“We all talk about music as being a universal language. The proper realization of that can happen only when you know the language, you have interest in knowing the language and understand what it signifies.”
Creating a successful combination of classic Indian raga and jazz requires careful thought, he said. “A proper understanding can help you to fuse these two elements properly. When you’re fusing anything, you need to understand the basic properties of the thing you are fusing. Without that understanding, many of those attempts have failed musically.”
Silk Screen Film Festival Launch Party
Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery
Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Silk Screen Film Festival!
Where: Maggie’s Farm
3212A Smallman Street, Strip District
When: Tuesday June 9th, 6:30PM—9:30PM
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 door
The 10th annual film festival is right around the corner and what better way to get ready for the festivities than with a sneak peek at some of this year’s films and some of the most delicious cocktails in Pittsburgh?
Answer: Stop wracking your brain; there is nothing better.
Join Silk Screen and Maggie’s Farm for a launch party that promises exciting peeks at some of the films lined up for the 2015 festival, light fare from local restaurants, and a raffle in which you are automatically entered to win a bottle of Maggie’s rum! There will be a cash bar with Maggie’s signature specialty cocktails, a restaurant gift card raffle and the opportunity to purchase select film festival tickets in advance!
Tickets are limited – Click here to buy yours.
Bob Studebaker explores the Sun Gate with Silk Screen founder Harish Saluja.
“In ancient times The Silk Road was a series of trade routes linking east and west. Sun Gate was one of two westernmost stops before leaving China. It is also the name of a CD recorded as part of a unique musical collaboration, which merges ancient Asian melodies with jazz.
The producers feel the collaboration is emblematic of Pittsburgh’s growing diversity.
Harish Saluja, who is the founder of the cultural organization known as Silk Screen, assembled musicians familiar with both traditions and oversaw the process of growth within the band Silk Sound.”
Thank you to all who attended our Moon Festival celebration at Wigle Whiskey!
Everyone enjoyed craft cocktails from our friends at Wigle along with sushi, snacks and traditional Chinese music. It was a successful fundraiser for Silk Screen! We appreciate your support.
If you attend one of our 2014 Film Festival screenings, you’ll hear about Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving!
This is a terrific opportunity to support local non-profits with matched donations. For one day, any donation given through the Day of Giving website will receive a matched donation (up to $1000).
The 2014 Day of Giving will run from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight.) on Tuesday, May 4th. This is an 18-hour event. Give on this day to make your gift to Silk Screen count that much more!
Visit www.pittsburghgives.org to learn more!