On Tuesday 6th December, bass legend, Shri Sriram won the BASCA British Composer Award in the Wind Band/Brass Band section for his project "Just A Vibration", where Indian music meets the traditional brass band. Shri is currently working on his next project in Mumbai, India. “I’m thrilled! It’s such an honour to be recognised on such a prestigious level and even more in the brass/wind band category! Thank you to BASCA and the panel of judges.” Shri’s thanks go out to Arts Council England for supporting the project; Rachel Veitch-Straw at Brass Bands England; Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band conductor Morgan Griffiths, and drummer Marc Layton-Bennett “who introduced me to the phenomenal sound of Yorkshire brass.” Shri also thanks Supriya Nagarajan and arranger Ben Castle “who made my compositions on computer, come alive on paper for the band to play ... and of course, for sometimes moving those dots strategically to make my tunes sound even better. The most important shout out is to my partner Shirin Sriram who made all of this happen with her perseverance.” Shri has created a unique combination of Indian classical music and the traditional brass band with Just A Vibration. By blending intricate Indian melodies with the magnificent sound of a full brass band, Just A Vibration Shri has created a brand new, boombastic musical vocabulary. Just A Vibration has performed at the EJF London Jazz Festival, Gem Arts Masala Festival at the Sage Gateshead, Shambala Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and more. Musicians include Shri Sriram/bass and flute; Jasdeep Singh Begun/sitar; Marc Layton-Bennett/drum kit; and variously the Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band conducted by Morgan Griffiths or the NASUWT Riverside Band conducted by Stephen Malcolm, or the Skelmanthorpe Brass Band. Conducted by Les Beevers.
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