The early music choir Orlando Consort collaborates with virtuosos Jonathan Mayer (sitar), Shahid Khan (voice) and Kuljit Bhamra (tabla) to create exciting new works and arrangements which fuse early music and Indian classical music. After settling in Goa in 1510, Portuguese missionaries set out to win the hearts, minds and souls of the local population through the power of music. They established an education programme that featured tuition in plainsong, polyphony and a variety of western instruments. Yet the process was one of interaction, not subjection. Traditional Indian instruments were made welcome in church and local tunes were borrowed and re-set with Catholic texts. The pieces on this CD reflect this melting pot of interaction.
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