Dhrupad singing (classic northern Indian) available as a duo and trio
As a Dhrupad singer recognised by his peers, Yvan Trunzler has sung on many international and prestigious stages, accompanied by Indian and western drummers of renowned talent. After training in India with Z. F. Dagar, he has also developed an interest in passing on knowledge and teaching. After teaching at the Conservatoire of Rotterdam and then Amsterdam, it is now in Lyon that he is established and presents performances and courses for Dhrupad singing. Dhrupad, originally sacred temple music and then becoming intricate music of the court, is the oldest classical music genre in northern India. Its universality, its melodic and rhythmic richness have filled the Maharajas’ courts throughout time. Its particular way of expressing the ragas (melodic modes) creates a deep emotional atmosphere. In their concerts, Yvan Trunzler and Nirmalya Dey (vocals and tampuras) gradually develop a raga of rare emotional intensity, in the form of a classical dialogue. Manik Munde (pakhawaj) punctuates this performance with some poems sung in a rhythmic cycle, with a large share of cross improvisations.