Sheen of Silk - Shruthi Rajasekar (2020)
Sheen of Silk (2020) is a piece for erhu composed by Shruthi Rajasekar and premiered by Chen Teng at Tangram Voices #2 in September 2020.
Inspired by Carnatic music, Sheen of Silk invites us into a meditative space between Indian and Chinese musical traditions. Here, the erhu is used as a Carnatic instrument that weaves through beautiful melodic gestures exploring the range of the erhu's distinctive sound.
Notes by Alex Ho
Named by The Guardian UK as a composer “who will enrich your life”, Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American musician exploring identity, community, and joy. Shruthi’s music draws from her vocal training in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms. Composition honors include the KHORIKOS ORTUS International Award and the Global Women in Music Award from the United Nations & Donne in Musica. Shruthi’s music has been featured on Spotify’s Classical Releases, BBC Radio 3, and radio stations across the USA. Current projects include new works with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Psappha, and the department ensembles of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as this year’s Co-Commissioned Composer.