March 26, 2020
Jasdeep Singh Degun: 'The premise of East and West is no longer relevant". Songlines spoke to the award-winning sitar player Jasdeep Singh Degun, who recently premiered his first concerto with the Orchestra of Opera North
March 18, 2020
Jasdeep Degun is one of Britain’s leading sitarists. Having graduated from SOAS in 2015, Jasdeep is rapidly establishing himself as an award-winning musician in both Indian classical and contemporary music scenes. He has performed at many prestigious events and venues, including the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, and the Amphitheatre in Doha. Jasdeep recently composed a sitar concerto with Opera North, and is working on releasing his debut album Anomaly later this year. We sat down with Jasdeep to find out more.
February 14, 2020
Award-winning young sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun will premiere Arya, his new concerto for sitar and orchestra, with the Orchestra of Opera North at Huddersfield Town Hall on 23 February 2020.
In March the piece will tour to Durham, Manchester and Birmingham, with the Chorus of Opera North joining the Orchestra to open the concerts with a programme of excerpts from classic operas.
December 10, 2019
During 2019-2020, contemporary classical music ensemble, Psappha, will be running a 'Composing for...' scheme to support and develop 24 emerging composers who are interested in learning more about writing for the instruments included in this year’s programme.
The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with four highly experienced musicians: freebass accordion player Miloš Milivojević; sitar player Jasdeep Singh Degun; Psappha’s pianist Ben Powell; and Psappha’s cellist Jennifer Langridge.
October 10, 2019
We would like to thank everyone for attending the SOLD OUT Anomaly concert at the Purcell Room last Friday. The concert was a triumphant success and we were lucky to have eminent musicians Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar and Smt. Sukanya Shankar, Swati Natekar, and Pandit Sanju Sahai in the audience.
We would also like to thank all the musicians and organisations involved who have made this event possible!
Please keep your eyes peeled for news on the release of the debut album, Anomaly.
February 14, 2019
Jasdeep Singh Degun has recently been commissioned by Opera North to write a new concerto for sitar and orchestra. The concerto will be premiering at the Huddersfield town hall in Feb 2020.
Composed and performed by the award-winning sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun, Arya is an exciting new concerto. Simmering with grandeur and emotionally charged music, the melody moves from the sitar around the orchestra in gorgeous sweeps of sound.
Taraash wins at the Royal Television Society student Awards!
June 13, 2018
The short film, 'Taraash', has been awarded 'Best Factual' and 'Best Cinematography' at the Royal Television Society student Awards 2018. Jasdeep scored the soundtrack for Taraash late last year.
Lead Composer for Score it! Project
June 02, 2018
Jasdeep has been announced as the lead composer on an exciting new project involving the SAA-uk Music Academy students. “Score it!” is a new project that will empower 20 talented young students of the North Indian Music Academy to perform their favourite film theme tunes and soundtracks on their Indian classical instruments. Students will perform these innovative covers to the people of Leeds and its visitors during a range of performances which will take place between August and December 2018. Jasdeep is supported by musicians Ustad Harjinderpal Singh, and Sri Bhupinder Singh Chaggar.
Concert with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
April 18, 2018
Jasdeep recently performed with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Hochschule fur Musik and Theatre, Germany. The concert premiered a specially commissioned work titled ONE written by Dijana Boskovic exploring the oneness of sound.
Taraash: A Short Film
November 30, 2017
Jasdeep recently had the opportunity to score the soundtrack for an upcoming independent short film titled Taraash, due to be released in 2018.
November 11, 2017
Jasdeep will be performing at the Darbar Festival 2017 alongside the Kathak maestro Dheerandra Tiwari at Sadler's Wells, London this November.
Dynamic and soulful kathak perfomer Dheerandra Tiwari then showcases his lively performance style exploring the dance form itself, inspired by the Advaita philosophy teachings about how to reach a state of spiritual bliss, revealed to gods.
The performance will also be broadcasted on Sky Arts (channel 122) on the 14th December at 5pm.
September 22, 2017
Jasdeep acts as Music Director for an exciting new production on the Partition of India.
SAA-uk and Opera North presents a multimedia performance bringing together Indian classical music, original images, film and interviews to tell the emotional journey of the 1947 Partition of India. Featuring Kirpal Singh on Tar Shehnai, together with cello (Liz Hanks) and viola (Vijay Venkat), this is a story of loss - but also survival, love and freedom.
Sky Academy Scholarship Films airs on Sky Arts HD
August 03, 2017
Melvyn Bragg presents five short films following the progress of each of the 2016 Sky Academy Arts Scholarship winners. He talks to them about their artistic discipline, their project and working practices. We see how the Scholarship has helped the artists move forward in their work and visit the artists at their studios, in rehearsals and follow them as they work towards their final piece. Each winner was awarded £30,000 and mentoring to develop their work and take their career to the next level. They are guided by mentors put in place by Sky Academy.
Airing 3rd August 5:20pm on Sky Arts (Channel 122).
May 31, 2017
The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall presents a biographical concert celebrating George Harrison's discovery of Indian Classical Music and the unique impact it had on the Beatles. Jasdeep features as a lead arranger alongside Tom McConnell, together with an ensemble of Pop and Indian Classical musicians. Click the link to find out more.
December 12, 2016
Jasdeep recently premiered his newly commissioned work, 'The Bridge: concerto for sitar and string quartet', at The Venue, Leeds college of music. Read a review of the concert by clicking here
September 16, 2016
Jasdeep has been featured in the latest issue of Pulse Magazine in an article focusing on Young musicians based in the UK. Click the link to read more.
July 27, 2016
Jasdeep won the Yuva Sangeet Ratna competition last night at the Indika Festival in Liverpool. The Award is developed to recognise and inspire exceptional young talent in the UK. Winners earn the title; Yuva Nritya Ratna, and Yuva Sangeet Ratna, respectively for dance and music, a prize of £2,000 to be spent on further training and career development, a trophy, citation and performance opportunities at mainstream UK venues.
June 06, 2016
Jasdeep has been awarded the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, worth £30,000, to work on his debut album of classical and contemporary music. Four emerging artists from the UK and one from Ireland have been selected from over 1,100 applicants, with the winners being chosen by a judging panel including writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Farooq Chaudhry, Creative Producer at the English National Ballet and music producer Cam Blackwood, whose credits include George Ezra and London Grammar.
May 20th, 2016
Jasdeep has been commissioned by zer0classikal to write a Concerto for Sitar titled 'The Bridge'. Following on from the 'work in progress' performance in Jan 2015, Jasdeep brings together the two prominent styles of Classical music exploring melodic themes based on the more linear Indian classical ragas whilst opening up a new avenue of western classical harmony. The concerto will premiere at the Leeds International Concert Season in Dec 2016.
January 11, 2016
Jasdeep has been accepted to study at the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy as an International Scholar. ITC Limited established the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy (ITC-SRA) in 1977 with the objective of preserving and promoting Hindustani Classical Music. ITC-SRA has played a major role in reviving and nurturing India's rich heritage of Hindustani Classical Music. Jasdeep will be studying intensively in Kolkata, India for the next three months under the guidance of Pandit Partho Chatterjee.
November 26th, 2015
Project 12 have officially released their latest music video 'Delhi Darbar', recorded and produced by Jasdeep. Project 12 are a group of young British musicians getting together to produce something new and unique. Combined with an upbringing in the British Arts scene and the influences of an eclectic mix of genres, they offer a new and dynamic perspective to British contemporary music
November 17th, 2015
Shri Sriram (Badmarsh & Shri) brings together Indian Classical music and Yorkshire Brass Band in his stunning new album 'Just A Vibration'. Featuring Jasdeep Singh Degun on Sitar, the Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band, and drummer Marc Layton-Bennett, Shri sets out to rework Indian classical and street music styles using what he calls the “very unusual, cross-cultural combination of brass band, sitar, drum kit and bass”.
November 8th, 2015
Young Indian Classical Musician of The Year, Jasdeep Singh Degun, chats to Ashanti about the classical music landscape in Britain. He talks about his recent performances and projects. Click the link to hear the interview.
October 8th, 2015
Jasdeep was awarded the 'Tarang Musician of the Year' at the Milapfest National Arts Awards 2015 in the presence of the High Commissioner of India. The Awards are a new initiative to recognize and celebrate the remarkable work of British arts professionals who have rendered truly distinguished service for promoting and strengthening the provision of Indian Arts and Education in Britain.