Sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun announces debut album Anomaly; shares ‘Ulterior Motives’

On 6th May 2022, submit to the beauty and sorrow of the award-winning sitar virtuoso and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun’s debut album Anomaly, out on Real World Records.

Anomaly showcases exceptional musicality, improvisation, composition and collaboration that is rooted in the ancient repertoire of raags — the frameworks used in the improvised performances of Indian classical music — yet influenced by Jasdeep’s sparkling, contemporary flair that will charm purists and newcomers alike.

Jasdeep’s creations are an exercise in collaboration: culturally, sonically, and emotionally. His extraordinary artistry and innovative approach to composition mixes a new vision into both Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

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The vinyl package for Anomaly, designed by Marc Bessant and illustrator Dilrani Kaur.
 

Today, Jasdeep releases ‘Ulterior Motives’, a single that slowly unfurls, a flute-fuelled exploration of rolling piano and sonorous sitar — cinematic, emotionally charged, and expertly executed. The video for ‘Ulterior Motives’ was shot at the beautiful Beverley Minster and directed by Adam Lyons. It features dancer Saloni Saraf performing a Kathak, a classical dance form originating in North India.

Jasdeep Singh Degun - Ulterior Motives (Official Video)

The twelve tracks of Anomaly range from sitar solos to duelling sitar and guitar to cinematic sounds. The poetry and power of his work is demonstrated in the title track, in which esraj, tabla and harp-like swarmandal blend with cello, guitar and sitar. Other songs like ‘Undertow’ transport the listener through improvisations based on the melodious North Indian raag Rageshri while ‘Redemption (Reprise)’, the final track, is a ballad featuring the album’s entire cast of instruments.

Jasdeep continues to push the boundaries of Indian classical music in the UK, developing his unique versatility as a promising young artist. He was awarded a Sky Academy Scholarship to help create his debut album, working under the guidance of celebrated musician and producer, Nitin Sawhney.

“Growing up in England I’ve soaked up different influences,” says Jasdeep.“I’ve studied Western classical music and appreciate composers like Mahler and Mozart and film composers such as A. R Rahman and John Williams.”

“Anomaly is my way of shining a light on Indian classical music, on the music that comes naturally to me as a product of my surroundings as well as my training. There are so many brilliant musicians from the Indian classical community in this country, but they are not signed to any western label. I have looked and looked and rarely found any turbaned, bearded Sikh guys like me represented. I want to change that. This album has given me free rein to get my vision across, each track tells a story of my life, and each has something that makes it distinct.”

Anomaly is out on May 6th, 2022 and is now available to pre-order on 2LP and CD. The single, ‘Ulterior Motives’ is out now on all digital platforms. Jasdeep will launch the album with a special show at King’s Place on 14th May. Tickets are now on sale.

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  • Anomaly

    Jasdeep Singh Degun

    Released 06 May 2022

    Submit to the beauty and sorrow, the poetry and power, of the sitar – that plucked string instrument with the long neck, pear-shaped gourd and origins in the courts of the Maharajahs of medieval India. Marvel at the astonishing prowess of Jasdeep Singh Degun, a sitarist steeped in the Indian classical tradition and proudly born, raised and based in Leeds, north of England.

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Main image: Jasdeep Singh Degun. Photo credit: Robert Leslie.

Published on Wed, 09 March 22

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