Saturday, 7 April 2012

Kailash Kher makes music history in London

Diminutive singer and composer Kailash Kher made history this week when he became one of a handful of Indian artists invited to perform at the BBC’s famed Maida Vale Studios; an iconic venue which has played host to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, David Bowie and Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.
The recording took place 3rd April – a day before the start of singer’s first ever UK tour – and saw Kher and his band Kailasa perform a set comprising some of his most well known material such as ‘Allah Ke Bandey’ as well as tracks from the band’s latest album ‘Rangeele’.
Speaking after the exclusive recording, Kailash Kher said: “I am overwhelmed being in a place where top recording artistes like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin have performed. I can feel their energy and am blessed.”
Built in 1909, Maida Vale Studios is now home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is used for both performances and recordings of classical music.
The building houses a total of seven music and radio drama studios, of which Studio Number 3 (MV3), in which Kailash and his band recorded, is one of the largest.
Bing Crosby made his last recording session in this studio in 1977 – 3 days before he died of a heart attack.
Kailash and Kailasa’s performance and special interview with DJ/presenter Bobby Friction was filmed by the BBC for multi-platform use, including television, radio, online and the digital interactive BBC Red Button service.
The output will also form part of a national marketing campaign which will run from May 14th, 2012. Focusing on a range of eminent Asian film and music celebrities, under the tag line “Asian Stars for Asian Network”, the new promotional campaign will also be seen and heard across the broadcaster’s network of television and radio channels, plus cinemas and billboards around the UK.
Kailash and Kailasa’s recording session came amidst a hectic tour of the United Kingdom and Europe which has seen the band performing in Birmingham, Liverpool and Amsterdam within a matter of days.
Kailasa will be live at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Sunday 08th April before heading over to Leicester on Monday the 9th.
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