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Date(s) - 13/03/2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tagore Theatre

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 « The originality of The Ensemble Esharêh is to have succeeded in bringing together artists from diverse cultural backgrounds …

While combining Indian sounds, chants of the Arab World and the Persian percussions, Esharêh reprises the musical and linguistic heritage of oral tradition songs from Upper Brittany countryside. By referring subtly to a possible link between the Eastern and Western cultures, these musicians regain cultural heritage on behalf of a living oral tradition Esharêh in Farsi (Persian language) literally means “allusion” … ».


For the first time, Simon Dégremont (Singer), Matthias Labbe (Tablas, Mridangam) and Julien Lahaye (Zarb, Daf) from the French band “Esharêh” are touring in India along with Vishal Vardhan (Bansuri) and Sougata Roy Chowdhury (Sarod).

Simon Dégremont is Classical Guitar medalist and graduated from the C.F.M.I (University of Lille). He studied the Gallo song with Charles Quimbert. This encounter gave him the possibility to discover a Repertoire to which he attaches a limitless fascination. He draws a part of his creativity from these Traditional songs and does not hesitate to think outside the box while remaining faithful to the spirit of this tradition. Lover of experimental works, he regularly plays improvised music, Renaissance and Baroque musics, collaborates with the world of theater, film music, contemporary dance and other artists : Lucile, Wanna Rebel Sound, Daniel Fatous (Theatre Director), François Boucq (Cartoonist). He also created shows for young audiences around children’s literature (A history of stone, The blue chair, Moun). He is now a performer/arranger musician who developed a rare playing of high sensitivity. He divides his professional life between stage and teaching.

Matthias Labbé is a percussionist. His travels allowed him to learn the techniques of various instruments : Indian music, Arabic music and Caribbean music. He has particularly studied the Tabla with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Calcutta since 1998, the Mridangam with V. Sivakumar in Pondicherry since 2008, the Iranian drum (Tombak) at the CNR of Rueil-Malmaison and the Arab drum (Darbuka) especially at the Conservatoire of Oran. He is one of the best tabla players of his generation. His musical level enables him to accompany Indian Artists during their concerts in France.

Julien Lahaye is a percussionist. Trained in African Mandinka music by the greatest Masters of the genre, he had the privilege of accompanying great African percussionist Masters (Mamady Keïta, Koungbanan Condé, Bolokada Condé) in concert in France. He studied the fascinating playing of Iranian drums (Tombak, Dayreh, …) with Madjid Khaladj in Paris but also with Djamshid and Keyvan Chemirani. Specialist of rhythms, he considers himself as a colorist percussionist. This is why he loves combining his gestures and his sounds to forms of speech and dance. He belongs to several musical groups : Lucile, Amadou Koné et Benkan, Cie Skald, Cie Satara, Bach Project etc.

Since childhood, Vishal Vardhan, son of Pandit Harsh Wardhan, learnt the art of playing bansuri flute and the nuances of Hindustani music. From 2002 to 2009, Vishal underwent training in Vrindaban Gurukul under the guidance of the great master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. During this period he played many concerts with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Now, he performs solo concerts in his own style which he has developed over the years, and he is working as a flute teacher at the International Bansuri Academy. Vishal performs in India and abroad. His concerts took place in France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia.

 Sougata Roy Chowdhury, also known as Babui, started playing sarod at the age of 10 under the guidance of the great master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He then pursued his career with Pandit Santosh Banerjee, famous sitar and surbahar player, disciple of the reputed Mian Tan Sen tradition. Since 1994, Sougata teaches in India and performs around the world.