Gwanwyn is the first CD from Tŷhai, an exciting collaboration between three musicians from Wales, Dylan Fowler (guitar), Pete Stacey (saxophone/ flute) and Rajesh David (vocals).
The music of Tŷhai harmonizes the airs and dance melodies of Wales and the Celtic world with the ragas and rhythms of India. This blending of styles and influences, including jazz, folk and contemporary Indian music creates a hypnotic and dynamic soundscape.
‘Gwanwyn is the title track of our new album’ says saxophonist, Pete Stacey. ‘It is a celebration of the energy and excitement of the coming of Spring.’
Rajesh David was born into a family of singers in India, where he was an A-graded artist for All-India Radio and Television, he is a lyrical singer with a fertile musical imagination. In Tŷhai Rajesh bridges the music and culture of the Celtic world and India: singing in Hindi, Sanskrit, and Welsh.
Dylan Fowler specializes in the traditional Celtic music of Wales. His musical palette draws on his experiences in contemporary European jazz, traditional music from the Celtic diaspora – particularly his Welsh heritage. He has worked extensively in the fields of jazz, folk and world music and has become an international soloist.
A founder member of the innovative Welsh folk trio Aberjaber, Pete Stacey has collaborated with a number of leading Indian classical musicians, including the legendary flautist, Hariprasad Chaurasia, for whom he composed an award-nominated concerto, and the eminent sitarist, Nishat Khan, for whom he developed, arranged and orchestrated a concerto which received its premiere in the Proms of 2013.
Over recent years Tŷhai have been performing regularly in Wales and England. Here are some comments for the audience:
‘Voice as instrument and instrument as voices. Such skill and magic weaves and blends two cultures…’
‘An evening like this expresses better than any words our shared humanity’
Tŷhai: Indo Celtic Trio – Concert tour dates
- 4th April @ The ArtShop & Chapel, Abergavenny at 7.30pm, http://www.artshopmaterials.co.uk/tyhai-ticket.html
- 5th April @ Norwegian Church Arts Center at 7.30pm https://thelittleboxoffice.com/victoriahall
- 6th April @ Stiwdio Stepni, Theatr Ffwrnes at 7.30pm, booking office: 0345 2263510 https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en/shows/tyhai-indo-celtic-trio
- 7th April @ Old Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter campus at 2.30pm Lampeter Music Club (tickets at doors from 2pm)