Komagata Maru

  • REDCAT 631 W 2nd St Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States

Bringing influences from North Indian classical music and jazz into a distinctive contemporary form, this deeply felt nine-part epic of human perseverance reflects on the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914—the ordeal imposed on 376 travelers from India, all British subjects, who had chartered a Japanese cargo ship to Canada in contravention of arbitrary laws targeting immigrants from Asia. Conceived by composer and multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon to draw out the emotional and psychological resonance of a teachable historical moment, the extraordinary musical landscape of Komagata Maru is realized by a double quartet—Dhillon’s group plus the Isaura String Quartet—and shaped into a rich, multisensory experience with spoken-word narration and projected archival visuals.

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