a zerOclassikal commission : GIULIANO MODARELLI   

The versatile guitarist, Giuliano Modarelli uses the notion of the drone to incorporate sounds of dub and spiritual jazz to Indian Classical music, without changing the repertoire but manipulating sounds to create a new timbre to the music. As a guitarist, playing classical music on a non-traditional instrument has shaped his ideas on the sounds that can influence a style of music.

 Keeping the melodic material intact, Giuliano focuses on sounds, production and grooves to give new life to his music. The form though recognisable from traditional concepts of Alap, Jore, Ghat and Jhala will produce new sounds not usually associated and the development of the composition will be based around improvisations or ‘Sawaal Jawaab’.

 Combining electronic sounds with South Asian Classical music has been experimented with before but usually from the perspective of electronic producers and song writers where the composition and rhythm are at the core of the pieces. To create a live score that organically develops with the unfolding of the raga and using such technology introduces a new approach to Hindustani Classical music.

Giuliano Modarelli is a versatile artist on the Guitar and one of the first people in the UK to experiment with South Asian Classical music on this instrument. His unique approach to music allows him to create a new sound to the music that has never been heard before. His commission brings together his experiences with other genres to create a new pathway of sound for Hindustani Classical music.

Image: Ayesha Begum

Tour Dates

Sage Gateshead

19 May 2017

(Gem Arts) Gateshead



Kings Place

7 June 2018




Composer: Giuliano Modarelli 

Musicians: Giuliano Modarelli (guitar), Deepa Nair Rasiya (vocal), Al Macsween (keyboard), Joost Hendrickx (drums)



zerOclassikal in association with Collage Arts and The Artta