The second edition of the Amarrass Desert Music Festival is back with traditional music from deserts around the world. The festival boasts of an awesome line-up, which includes Bombino (the Hendrix of Niger), BaBa ZuLa (the creators of Istanbul Psychedelia), the redoubtable Sakar Khan, Padma Shri Awardee (who seldom performs in public), and Barmer Boys, among others. The vast openness of desert, be it India’s Thar Desert or Sahel – Sahara in Western Africa will be captured in the venue at Zorba that creates a festival atmosphere with its amphitheatre, green lawns, food and drinks. The two-day music festival promises to be even more engaging and enjoyable than its predecessors, in a venue that complements the magnitude and scope of the festival. Zorba is known to have hosted music festivals in the past, with “Escape to Zorba” in April and “Jus Jazz” very recently being two of the memorable ones!
The festival is spread over two days, where the stage promises to be a great interactive platform for the showcase series that will feature up-and-coming artists, collaborations, experiments and sounds using ancient and modern instruments. An instrument petting zoo, kids’ music lessons and seeing a morchang being made are a few of the activities which will be showcased at the two day festival. Artists include Dischordian, Tritha Electric, Harpreet Singh, The Blue Infinity, Alan Rego, and a special Indo-Welsh collaboration – I Adra – with Tauseef Akhtar (Ghazal singer) and Gwyneth Glyn (singer/songwriter), and Georgia Ruth Williams (harp).
50 artists, 12 bands, 4 continents, 14 hours of music over two days, this year Amarrass brings to you not only an array of renowned international artists and jaw-dropping performances, but an ambience that will showcase the perfect environment created for the event.
Zorba is committed towards providing a growing platform for musicians across the world. Live performances by Folk, Fusion, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Sufi, Reggae and world music artists are encouraged here. Zorba stands for the free spirit. Free of inhibitions, celebrating each day with fresh enthusiasm and appreciating all beautiful aspects of life. We at Zorba have incorporated this philosophy to offer our guests an experience worth remembering. Live music, world cuisine, carefully selected wines and an engaging ambience will make any occasion worth celebrating at Zorba.
Amarrass Records was established in 2009 with the aim to deliver a world music experience that is inclusive, accessible and sustainable. Guided by the principles of fair trade, we strive to create an environment that encourages and nourishes the creative spirit of musicians and music lovers, and reinvigorates traditional forms of expression through music and the arts. The staging of world-class musical events, music production and distribution, and education will be part of this process.
The name Amarrass is significant. A literal translation means “eternal essence”…this is how we feel about music. We often listen to music in flashes and fleeting moments, but its impact is long-lasting. What stays with us are everlasting melodies, the glorious beats, an essence of the moment captured in rhythm. Built on a shared vision, passion and love for music, Amarrass Records is our attempt at finding and creating new solutions to address old issues and find a sustainable way forward to preserve, promote and enhance music that matters.
Date: 1st and 2nd December 2012
Timings: 2:00 – 10:00 PM
Venue: ZORBA (Next to Vista Hotel, near Sultanpur Metro Station)
166 Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi.
For donor passes/invites please visit: www.amarrass.com, or call 9717776706.
For further information, please contact:
Rituparna Dutta/Niti Garg
Mobile: 9891693309/ 8527002788