TALVIN SINGH

 

b.1970, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK, and Delhi, India

One of England's most innovative sound artists, Talvin Singh has been central to the continued rise of Indian-influenced dance music.

Classically trained on the tabla (a set of two hand drums) since the age of five, Singh went to India when he was 15. There he studied percussion before returning to England and becoming immersed in the acid house scene of the late 1980s. By his early twenties, Singh was already an accomplished composer and arranger and had collaborated with Björk, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sun Ra, Future Sound of London and many more. In the mid 1990s, he founded Anokha (which means ‘unique’ in Urdu), a hugely successful weekly event in London’s East End.

Through the compilation album Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground (1997), Singh has helped to increase the exposure of Asian artists such as Osmani Soundz, The Milky Bar Kid and Amar, and has further established the Asian club scene in England and, to a broader extent, mainland Europe.

Talvin Singh won the 1999 Mercury Music Prize for his solo debut album, OK (1998) (Island Records).

Park Studio, GoMA (Kids' APT)

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Talvin Singh in performance with Oskar Vizan, Jazznojazz Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, April 2005

TALVIN SINGH
in performance with Oskar Vizan, Jazznojazz Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, April 2006
Photograph: Dragan Tasic