Back to the lounge: Baithak sessions is a platform for emerging south Asian classical musicians to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre. Bring along your own instruments to join the jam session.

Featuring Pete Yelding on the sitar, William Rees Hofmann on the sarod & Dhanraj Persaud Pandey playing the tabla.

Pete Yelding is a cellist, sitarist and vocalist and the 7th generation of a family of travelling performers. He has a rooting in numerous musical traditions where improvisation is a key element. These include South Asian Raga-based traditions, West African Griot traditions, European folk traditions and contemporary Western Pop & “art” traditions. However, he has dedicated most of his adult life to playing raga-based music and using ragas as a framework for creative projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. Over his professional career Pete has collaborated with artists such as Zinzi Minott, Mammal Hands, Iqbal Khan, Talvin Singh, Sura Susso, Jonathan Mayer, Shagufta Iqbal, & Amadou Diagne; and organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, SAMA Arts, Cape Farewell & Birmingham REP.

William Rees Hofmann is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in both the Indian Sarod and the Afghan Rubab. He has been studying sarod for more than a decade. Classically trained in viola, Hofmann earned a BA in Hindustani Vocal Music from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat, and also holds an MMus degree from SOAS in Sarod and Rubab Performance. William has performed internationally both solo and with Jāmi Ensemble, including at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Patiala Punjab, Muzaffar Ali’s Jahān-e-Khusrau, Café OTO, Iklectik, Sage Gateshead, and the Edinburgh Fringe, among others, as well as run workshops on the classical music of Kabul. He has toured and performed extensively in the UK alongside artists such as Jonathan Mayer, Amina Khayyam, Sarathy Korwar, and Najma Akhtar.

Dhanraj Persaud Pandey began his training at the age of 14. Dhanraj follows the playing style of the Jaipur and Farukkhabad gharanas of tabla. Not only is Dhanraj an accomplished tabla player but also an experienced vocalist, currently receiving training from Srimati Chandrima Misra of the Kasur-Patiala gharana. Dhanraj has performed extensively around the UK and is fast becoming a much sought-after performer within the Indian classical music scene in this country.


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