Marcus Corbett is a singer, acoustic guitarist and composer based between Dorset, UK and Pune, Maharashtra, India. He has featured on Folk Radio before now and is about to embark on his debut UK tour with one of his key Indian collaborator, Tabla maestro Nitin Gaikwad. See full dates below. To celebrate the tour Marcus is releasing a brand-new track, Barometer, which will be released digitally on 1st May 2018. Barometer is an original composition by Marcus, and it was recorded in India at Musical Stars studio, Pune with Marcus on acoustic guitar and Nitin Gaikwad on tabla.
He shared the following on the single: “It’s said that you can’t publish a single which has no vocals. However here the guitar speaks. It’s a language and story known to us all, a common tongue from the first second…….suspended in time until the tabla explodes & propels us toward an infinite horizon.”
Marcus has been studying Indian classical music and working with musicians in India for over 10 years, and has released a string of albums, including the most recent two, the acclaimed ‘Strung Deep’ and ‘Every Little Spirit’. His works are a generous-spirited cultural collaboration that allows his original compositions to come to life while paying homage to the North Indian classical tradition he loves. He has created lasting relationships in India with Tabla players, Nitin Gaikwad & Sharanappa Guttaragi from Pune, Maharashtra and Gadag in North Karnataka respectively, and these are the foundation of the project and performance.
The album ‘Every Little Spirit’ extended the harmonic reach of the music and is an ambitious enterprise as two violins are at work and as Marcus says “the beautiful challenge in this search is to keep the individual cultural charm, to allow the bell to ring true; and to maintain the power and integrity of the music”.
Having toured successfully in Germany and Holland with Nitin, played around the UK, and gained press attention from all over the world for his previous releases, Marcus’ reputation for his skillful combining of the worlds of Indian Classical and British folk music will inevitably continue to grow, and his status as one of the great explorers of these musical borderlands will continue to be celebrated.
Marcus Corbett & Nitin Gaikwad – UK Tour 2018
16-05-18 Modern Art Oxford – Oxford
17-05-18 The Prince Albert – Stroud
18-05-18 Cambridge Folk Club – Cambridge
19-05-18 Wood Festival – Braziers Park, Oxon
20-05-18 Eagle Inn – Salford, Manchester
22-05-18 Kingskerswell Church – Kingskerswell, Devon
23-05-18 A World In London – SOAS Radio session + interview
24-05-18 Bakewell Town Hall – Bakewell, Derbyshire
25-05-18 Small Seeds – Huddersfield
26-05-18 Union Chapel – London – Daylight Music matinee show (midday)
26-05-18 The Global Cafe – Reading