ED2021 Music Reviews

Pashyanti On Guitar (Simon Thacker)

By | Published on Friday 13 August 2021

Inspiration and vibrancy bounced through this spectacular Made In Scotland showcase, both online, in a cinematic video featuring former Rambert dancer Aishwarya Raut in the Scottish countryside, and live, in the music itself. ‘MunaSata’ by Thacker was about striving vigorously towards a goal and finding the musical destination was not a booming chord but a tiny harmonic. His ‘Tandava’ was a whirling improvised sacred dance with his wonderful flamenco technique sparking his favoured hindu rhythms into rippling, leaping contrasts. This well thought out programme also included composers Rabindranath Tagore and Agustín Barrios Mangoré and showed the discipline behind Thacker’s impressive playing. Finally, in Thacker’s wonderful ‘Nirjanavana’, twenty-first century digital delay mesmerised the loyal audience reconnecting with this most original artist’s bright tone and welcoming presence.

Summerhall, 15, 20, 22, 25, 29 Aug + on demand via Summerhall Online.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]