Sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun signs to Real World Records and shares debut track, Veer

Real World Records is pleased to announce the signing of award-winning sitarist and composer, Jasdeep Singh Degun, who today shares the beautiful new track, ‘Veer’ — his debut release as a solo artist.

Having studied and performed Indian classical music since childhood, Jasdeep has established himself as one of the UK’s most accomplished sitar players. Already in his short career, he has had the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, and has collaborated with many names from the worlds of classical and contemporary music, including Nitin Sawhney, Cerys Matthews and Ivor Novello winning pop songwriter Guy Chambers.

‘Veer’ is an original composition based on a traditional folk melody from the Indian state of Panjab, and it truly showcases the emotional range of Jasdeep’s sitar playing, with tabla accompaniment by Upneet Singh and a beautiful string arrangement performed by the Millenia String Ensemble.

The cover art for Jasdeep Singh Degun's single, Veer. Artwork by Dilrani Kaur.

‘Veer’ is a very personal piece of music which Jasdeep dedicates to the memory of his younger brother Taran.

The title means ‘brother’ in Panjabi, and is associated with courage and valour,” explains Jasdeep. “In September of this year, I lost my little brother Taran who tragically took his own life at the age of 26. I have decided to share this track now in honour of him.”

The cover art for ‘Veer’ was created by visual artist and close friend of Jasdeep, Dilrani Kaur. Dilrani illustrates the lyrics of the Panjab folk song which inspired the track, ‘Ours is a flock of birds, dear father / We’ll fly away.’

Jasdeep and his family have started a Just Giving campaign in memory of his brother, with proceeds going to two local Leeds charities that help people experiencing difficulties with mental health and families who see a loved one in crisis.

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‘Veer’ is available to download and stream on all digital platforms. In 2022, Jasdeep releases his debut album Anomaly on Real World Records.

Listen/download ‘Veer’

By Online Editor

Main image: Jasdeep Singh Degun. Photo credit: Adam Lyons.

Published on Fri, 10 December 21

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