Susheela Raman: Sacred Imaginations 1

New and Ancient Music of the Christian East

30 September 2017 / 19:30

Susheela Raman and Sam Mills lead a journey through eastern Christian music of ritual, trance and contemplation.

Mercury-nominated Raman – a fearlessly innovative vocalist and composer whose music knows no borders – and her guitarist/producer Mills have pulled together an unprecedented gathering of seventeen musicians from Russia, Greece, Syria and Ethiopia, each a leader in their own field and with unique connections to this profound musical heritage. Tonight Raman performs alongside Russian polyphonic choral group Doros, Greek clarinet genius Manos Achalinotopoulos, Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga and Syrian Strings, mixing ancient and new compositions, exploring hidden connections and sharing new kinds of transcendence.

Christianity is not a ‘Western’ religion. It was born in Jerusalem and seeded through the eastern Mediterranean. Sacred Imaginations looks back at these beginnings, with their gnostic and pagan overtones, bringing together 21st-century performers each with their own fresh creative approaches, to create music of intense rapture and beauty.

“Crazily ambitious..a thrilling musical journey and a triumph" *****’ The Arts Desk 2015 


Manos Achalinotopoulos clarinet 
Christos Chalkias vocals 
Alexis Parharidis vocals 
Haig Yazdjian oud, vocals 
Samuel Yirga piano 
Ismail Altunbas percussion 
Susheela Raman vocals 
Sam Mills guitar 
Pirashanna Theverajah percussion 

Syrian Strings: 
Sousan Eskandar violin, vocals 
Jehad Jazbeh violin 
Basilius Alawad violin

Doros Vocal Group: 
Vrujr Ananikyan tenor
Aleksandr Gorbatov tenor
Aleksandr Kamyshintsev baritone
Konstantin Senchenko bass-baritone
Bekseit Ryspaev bass

Produced by the Barbican

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