'Breaking down cultural boundaries with his extraordinary artistry and new approach to composition, virtuoso sitarist, Jasdeep Singh Degun, brings a new energy and vision to both Indian classical and contemporary music. He's redefining genres and passionate about exposing music from his heritage to audiences across the globe. Jasdeep was recently announced as Artist-in-residence at Opera North, an appointment designed to create new musical encounters and to bring unique ideas and perspectives to the Company.
Learning under the careful guidance of Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE, Jasdeep has performed all over the world in many high profile productions and prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace, the Amphitheatre in Doha, and Westminster Abbey at the Royal Commonwealth Service 2022 in the presence of the British Royal Family and Prime Minister. He's written, arranged, and produced music for a diverse array of projects and soundtracks, including music for orchestra, contemporary classical ensembles, and high profile music productions.'
As a British-born composer, Jasdeep has developed a well-rounded sense of musicality and sensitivity towards not only Indian Classical music but many other different styles and genres. He has gained a rich experience in collaborative work across art forms and has regularly accompanied and created music for prolific dance pieces.
The Royal Albert Hall hosted Jasdeep at the 2014 BBC Proms, showcasing his own original compositions based on Indian Classical music and, in 2016, Jasdeep was commissioned by zer0classikal to write a concerto for sitar and string quartet, titled The Bridge.
2017 was a particularly fruitful year as Jasdeep not only wrote the soundtrack to the independent short film Taraash' and directed the music for the production 'India's Children: Partition' (commissioned by Opera North and South Asian Arts-uk), but also directed and performed in the production of 'George Harrison: The Story of The Beatles and Indian Music' at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In 2020, Jasdeep was commissioned by Opera North to write a new work, 'Arya: concerto for Sitar and Orchestra' which premiered at the Huddersfield Town Hall. The work later went on tour with successful performances at Durham Cathedral and the RNCM to critical acclaim.
In 2022, Jasdeep was appointed as Musical Director and Arranger for Opera North’s Orpheus project, a reimagining of Monteverdi’s baroque opera bringing together South Asian and Western musical traditions. Further to this work, he was announced as Opera North’s first Artist in Residence. His long-awaited debut album Anomaly, produced under the mentorship of Nitin Sawhney, was released by Real World Records.
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