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After their 2012 inaugural performance at Tate Modern The Tanks, the duo Jatinder Singh Durhailay and Suren Seneviratne return to their fruitful collaboration with a new experimental and minimalistic sonic musical endeavour titled Petit Oiseau. The project brings together rare classical Indian string instruments played by Durhailay known as the Dilruba and the Taus, unusually combined with Seneviratne’s interests in alternate tunings and numerology through custom patches built on a E-MU Command Station digital synthesizer.
Petit Oiseau, French for ‘small bird’, encompasses both the airiness of the avant-garde compositions, while also standing as a poetic ode to migration and South Asian diaspora.
Jatinder Singh Durhailay, is a painter and musician born and based in London. Recent performances include The National Gallery (London), Het Bos (Antwerp), Vacant and Atelier Fluss (Tokyo).
Suren Seneviratne, a.k.a My Panda Shall Fly, is a musician born in Sri Lanka and currently based in London. Recent performances include Barbican and Boiler Room (London).
Otim Never Fails Anyone. That strong yet accurate statement refers to his heartfelt duty spawned from his role as wedding ceremony leader, a duty to involve everybody in the room in his performances, making them wholly spiritual experiences, creating an uncontrollable urge to dance.
It's documented that at weddings in traditional Uganda, special Acholi songs are played known as 'Larakaraka’. Over a decade ago, Otim Alpha began collaborating with pioneering producer Leo Palayeng to mix up the style he was known for, into a newer hyper-frenetic electronic version. They toured the style across East Africa, and became known to Neyege Nyege Tapes who showcased them at their festival and released Otim’s hit collection Gulu City Anthems. The tape sold out within days, and in 2017 Otim performed at Unsound Festival, earning him a live reputation that warranted festival director Mat Schultz’s Instagram post “Every European festival MUST book Otim Alpha!”.
Otim has taken part in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project in South Africa in early 2018. His appearance on Jesse Hackett’s Ennanga Vision album laid foundation for Otim’s crossover into public conscience with his tribute Otim’s War, but having already moved on considerably from that breakthrough, this looks set to be Otim’s year.