Roots of Fire

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Sinfonia Verdi's Artistic Director David Murphy has collaborated with Amjad Ali Khan for over 10 years, creating new works that bring together western and Indian classical traditions in fresh and vibrant ways. 

Widely regarded as the world’s finest sarod player, Amjad Ali Khan comes from six generations of musicians, with some even speculating that it was one of his ancestors who invented the sarod. His career has seen him perform at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Palais des Beaux-Arts and the Wigmore Hall, from the BBC Proms to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

A long-time fan of European classical music, working with David Murphy and Sinfonia Verdi has enabled Amjad Ali Khan to fulfil his dream of composing works for sarod and orchestra.

Roots of Fire was created in 2017 including musical material produced by children aged 10-11 in a large-scale series of school workshops across Luton, Slough and Leicester in the UK, generously supported by the Bagri Foundation.

The 40-minute work can now be performed by Sinfonia Verdi combined with other orchestral works which complement and inspired the Roots of Fire creation.

The large-scale education workshops that combine with Roots of Fire can be repeated in any community. Working with children and local musicians, Murphy and the orchestra explore musical collaboration through the fusion of Eastern and Western traditions.