Aref Durvesh is a celebrated and prolific tabla artist who has recorded and performed with Badmarsh & Shri, Sting, Susheela Raman, Cheb Mami, Jeff Beck, Visionary Underground, and is also one of the longest-serving members of Nitin Sawhneys band, having performed on all of his albums as well as all his UK and international tours. His father was a musician, a disciple of Bismillah Khansahib, and a world-renowned shehnai player.
Shūnya (AKA Bal Singh) is an electronic producer and classically trained composer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an artist that is seamlessly weaving together his internal dichotomy of beat nerd and trained Indian classical musician to stirring effect.
Born into a musical family, it was Singh’s father – a professional tabla player and percussionist – that initiated his love for music, first through a steady stream of Indian classical records then, later, by putting his hands onto the tabla. Singh eventually travelled to Malaysia and India to study the more esoteric aspects of Indian classical music, studying the sitar with internationally renowned musician Samuel Dass and then, after being awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, working with India’s top sarangi player and living legend, Ustad Sabri Khan.