Mumbai: 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 around deforestation and the climate change crisis.
Soumik whose single is 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.
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.
About Soumik Datta
Based in London, Soumik Datta is a composer, television presenter and sarod player. He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay- Z, Bill Bailey, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia to name a few.
An outspoken advocate for the preservation of Indian arts, Soumik has also worked on a three-part series for BBC4, ‘Rhythms of India’, which has received much critical acclaim already. Released globally in November, 2019 on BBC World News – the series follows Soumik as he meets and performs with classical, folk and pop musicians exploring how music helps us understand India’s past and its rapidly changing present. In the series Soumik meets legendary names from contemporary classical music like sitar maestro Shujaat Khan, tabla master Bickram Ghosh, Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna, the first female ghatam player in India Sukanya Ramgopal and veena virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh alongside Bollywood stalwarts like Javed Akhtar, playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, and young Indian icons like Nucleya, DIVINE and hip-hop producer Sez, among others.
Soumik has received praise from the likes of Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent and GQ Magazine. He has also performed at numerous esteemed live events such as BBC Proms, Glastonbury and Womad. Unruly and cinematic in scope, this is Soumik’s most powerful release to date.