• Yorkshire arts organisation partners with musical duo to deliver new residency
  • Work will be showcased at Snape Malting’s Festival of New

Yorkshire-based arts organisation Manasamitra is set to collaborate with flute and piano duo, Animo, for a new residency at Snape Maltings, Suffolk as part of the Festival of New.

Throughout the residency, which will be showcased from 10th September to 11th September, Manasamitra and Animo will work closely to create a new and unique musical experience, drawing inspiration from their varied heritages and musical styles. Under the moniker Pranasa (a blending of the Sanskrit word ‘Prana’, meaning ‘ultimate breath’, and ‘Anasa’, Greek for ‘breath’), the trio aims to do nothing less than breathe music.

Creator and musician Supriya Nagarajan said: “Our collaboration with Animo has only been virtual to date, so we’re really excited to be back creating in person again. Being able to immerse ourselves so indulgently in this residency will help us to establish our ideas and focus on what we would like to achieve musically.”

Through combining their Indian, Greek and British heritages along with their contemporary, classical and jazz musical styles, the relationship will explore the different musical techniques and mediums, delivering a truly diverse and unique piece.

Supriya continued: “We are all experimenting with ‘declassifying’ ourselves as musicians by creating and performing music, which is experimental, accessible and inclusive. By crossing genres and drawing from styles and influences worldwide, we’re excited to blend culture and heritage to create a new interpretation of music.

“This collaboration is entirely new for us so we’ll be challenging ourselves and improvising, exploring the use of electronics and how we can create, store and manipulate our sound. It is also a new blending of minds, thoughts, ideas and creativities, which are as yet unexplored!”

For the performance, Pranasa will be joined by sound artist, Duncan Chapman who works with Supriya on various projects, including the recent exploration of synaesthesia, The Sound of Tea.

The Festival of New celebrates music and sound, exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK. All have been developed in Snape and Aldeburgh on Residencies that take place all year round, giving artists the freedom to take risks, be ambitious and release their creative spirit.

Thomas Lovatt, producer of the Festival of New at Britten Pears Arts, added: “We are delighted to welcome Pranasa as part of the Festival of New. We are really excited to see the outcome of this unique, cross-cultural project.”

Tickets are available now via www.brittenpearsarts.org/festival-of-new-2021.