Open Fund: Balladeste
Balladeste's Songs without Words: Re-inventing a Collection of Sai Bhajans
Writing through playing and improvising, Balladeste – a collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (Violin) and Tara Franks (cello) – have successfully developed a shared compositional and improvisational language without notation and an original repertoire that pushes the sound potential of just two string instruments. With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo creates compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist. They released RELIC, their much lauded debut album, in September 2017.
Their next venture is to re-invent a collection of Bhajans, or Indian devotional songs, bringing Indian and Western music into dialogue organically and innovatively, whilst maintaining their collective compositional identity. They aim to create an album that challenges the contemporary notion of fusion and becomes something meaningful to diverse audiences with varied musical tastes.