Birds of Paradox

Birds of Paradox

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Biography

The collaborative trio of Ron Samworth, Lan Tung, and Neelamjit Dhillon was formed in December of 2007 to explore the fusion of composition and improvisation. The unique instrumentation - erhu/voice, guitars/effects, and tabla/alto saxophone, provides a wealth of textural possibilities to these three versatile composer/performers. Three very distinct voices and cultural backgrounds come together as a creative whole. Samworth is from Anglo/Irish roots, Dhillon: Indian, and Tung: Chinese. The traditional musics of these cultures are infinitely rich unto themselves - but the transformation and synthesis of these traditions into a contemporary expression of life in post-millennial Vancouver is what compels these artists.

Vancouver is a city, which has experienced extraordinary growth and significant demographic shifts since the 1970’s. The incredible cultural diversity of the city makes a group like this a natural collaboration- but as a subtext, rather than a deliberate intercultural initiative. These musicians inspire one another to reach beyond their creative comfort zones, blending elements of jazz and improvised music, traditional Chinese and Indian music with a view to creating a discourse that is simply their collective expression.

Discography

Birds of Paradox