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