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Turya at The Old Queen's Head

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New Roots presents TURYA with support from Anjana Vasan Nicki Wells, the exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter behind TURYA, takes inspiration from Indian classical music, which she studied as a teenager. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is echoed throughout her new single 'Falling'. Taken form her Nitin Sawhney produced debut album 'Ocean', TURYA's uniquely original sound fuses elements of Western folk, roots and pop with classical Indian foundations. With influences rooted in her personal experiences, Nicki was born in South London, but grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas. TURYA's vocal and songwriting approach is a cultivated collection of melodies, combined with uniquely captivating, bittersweet and moving vocals. It's these elements that have shaped her 'Ocean' album. TURYA describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music 'I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,' she explains. 'It was also very international - we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That's how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages' Singing primarily in English, TURYA's music represents an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. Anjana Vasan is a hugely exciting newly emerging British Roots singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, 'Too Dark For Country' , produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker, was released in Sept 2017. Combining folk and country songwriting styles with superbly soulful blues voice, Vasan taps into the same deep well of folk, country and blues that Valerie June uses so well- hers are songs of real weight, beautifully crafted and delivered with an unforgettable voice. New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves - for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing.

Venue Details & Map

The Old Queen's Head

44 Essex Road
N1 8LN
+44 (0)20 7354 9993
Public transport:
Essex Road, National Railway

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