Sacha Silva

Sacha Silva

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Sacha Silva is a Canadian-born of Sri Lankan and Bulgarian blood, whose music grows from his double life as a guitarist-composer and globe-trotting development economist. Sacha creates a new kind of world music, speaking to a new generation of global wanderers, travelers, immigrants and expats.

Biography

Sacha Silva is a Canadian-born of Sri Lankan and Bulgarian blood, whose music grows from his double life as a guitarist-composer and globe-trotting development economist. Together with singer Munya B. (UK/India), composer Drew Morgan (UK/USA), percussionist Rohin Khemani (Canada/India) and cellist Elliott Green (USA), the band creates a new kind of world music, one which speaks to a new generation of global wanderers, travelers, immigrants, expats and half-breeds.

The band’s unique and accessible blend of Spanish, Indian and modern classical influences reflect the band’s beginnings in the global melting-pot of London. Their bold, remarkable sound quickly garnered rave reviews throughout the world music community right from their debut CD Susurro, which was called “unforgettable, passionate and startling [with] jaw-dropping beauty and sophistication” by indie pioneers CDBaby.com in a five star “Editor’s Pick” review.

Critics and DJs on four continents called their latest CD, Anatomy of a Coup, an “audacious [and] impressionistic recording that gives music the last say” (Rootsworld magazine) and “a beautiful album [that] celebrates the resilience of the human spirit… Sacha Silva joins a very special group of musicians like Nitin Sawhney [and] Rupa and the April Fishes, who marry masterful musicianship with insightful examinations of the human condition.” (SAMAR Magazine). The CD is based on Sacha’s two-year journey through the South Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and was inspired by the 2006 military coup in Fiji. Anatomy was recorded at the idyllic Hatch studios in the English countryside with pre-production at Calle Noray in South of Spain.

The band was formed in London in 2000 when three global wanderers ended up as next-door neighbors: Sacha, studying trade and poverty after three years of performing flamenco and Indian classical music in San Francisco, Southern Spain and New Delhi; Munya, studying economic development after years of performing for All-India Radio; and Drew, a Fellow of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London who’d just moved from Chicago. These three students began performing and recording together, inspired by the idea of making a new kind of world music. The trio became a quintet in 2007 with the addition of percussionist (and Sacha’s childhood friend) Rohin Khemani and cellist (and now Munya’s husaband) Elliott Green. The band members are currently based in Malaga (Spain), Bogotá (Colombia), New York City (US) and Oxford (UK).

Lyrics

Another You

Written By: Sacha Silva / Federico Garcia Lorca

As I look through my mourning veil
I see that the world is small and the heart is immense:
I am another you, another you.

As I look through my mourning veil
I see that the tender sigh and the angry shout disappear in the wind:
I am another you, another you.

I open my soul and out of it pour the heavens.

The Circle

Written By: Sacha Silva

In the circle of life,
the leaves always fall.

In the circle of death,
the time comes for all.

In the circle of life,
the leaves always fall.

But look at their colours:
red, yellow, brown and gold.

Sol y Luna

Written By: Sacha Silva / Federico Garcia Lorca

In the laurel branches
I spied two dark doves.

The one was the sun
the other, the moon.

Little friends, I said:
Where lies my tomb?

In my tail, said the sun.
In my throat, said the moon.

Discography

Susurro (2005)
Anatomy of a Coup (2007)

Set List

Set list (total time approx 1 hour 10 mins)

1/ Nostalgia (i)
2/ Sol y Luna
3/ Free
4/ Awakening
5/ Susurro (lullaby) + Wedding Song
6/ The Argument
7/ Block All Roads
8/ Another You
9/ The Circle
10/ Sun Still Rising
11/ Gujarati Harvest Song
12/ Cucurrucucu Paloma (cover song)