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ABOUT SHIVANOVA



'A victory for musicianship and vision' - The Times


'Highly individual -this is the personal take of a group of experienced musicians of what
music is and what it can do for you‘
- Songlines


'soundscapes of huge variety and, importantly cultural and musical integrity'JazzWise


"Anyone looking for a subtle eastern groove with sophisticated technique will find it here"  BBC Music Magazine

"distinctly mellow live"  Evening Standard

band7.jpg (31394 bytes)"intelligent, musically articulate and thoroughly intriguing."  Snoop

"fresh, relaxed and sparky"  What's On


SHIVANOVA is one of the West’s leading cross-cultural ensembles set -up by composer Priti Paintal and grounded in Indian and European styles, widely admired and enjoyed for the energy and flair of its improvising. It tours nationally and internationally, playing in London at the Jazz Café and the South Bank Centre, and has released a catalogue of CDs, most recently Secret Chants which has been acclaimed this year in the national and music media.


Founded over twenty years ago, ShivaNova has been constantly developing thanks to its improvising musicians and its founder’s vision of a creative force that went beyond everyday fusion. During the 1990s dance beats went into the mix – an offshoot called SugarNova had a hit in the club charts with Over and Over.

In recent seasons ShivaNova has toured with dancers and visual projections, and has also created cross-artform programmes like Bananas which featured the Gandini Juggling group as well as carnival artists, storytellers and visual artists.


ShivaNova has commissioned many composers for its own ensemble including Nicola Lefanu, Gary Carpenter, Anthony Gilbert, David Lumsdaine, Helen Lee, Eleanor Alberga, and electro-acoustic composers - Tim Souster, Simon Emmerson. Some of these works have been recorded on commercial CDs including Simon Emmerson's and Tim Souster's. The spread of new work goes beyond composed pieces. Jazz musicians Orphy Robinson, Jean Touissant, Rowland Sutherland, and Robert Mitchell have worked with their musicians in new pieces as soloists with other classical musicians (including Alex Balanescu, Helen Crayford, Nancy Ruffer, Neil Heyde, Clive Williamson, Ros Stephen) and a host of world musicians (including Dharambir Singh, Sarwar Sabri, Chartwell Dutiro, Tunde Jegede, Li Lisha, Xu Pingzing, M Yogeswaran, Alex Housego). It has been a performance ensemble since 1988 and has promoted and organised a range of concerts, performance and education projects. It works regularly also in France with the JUPO music organisation in Le Havre which is an ongoing funding partner.

In 2007 it set up EQUATOR as a promotional wing and has promoted over 40 concerts in the last 3 three years and funded over 250 professional musicians to take part. It has received renewed funding from the Arts Council for its work in Kent and London and at the moment is committed to organising events until summer 2013. From Spring 2011 it will be promoting and Equator series at RFH as well as an Equator Women of the World (WOW) Festival at Kings Place and RichMix.


ShivaNova has an admired education programme with workshops in Asian classical and folk music, vocal improvisation, Asian dance and singing, DJing and mixing. In a range of different educational residencies around the country, the most significant is the 'Girls Only Global Orchestra' project currently under way in Gravesend, Greenwich and Lewisham, Birmingham and Nottingham.


Since 2007 ShivaNova has expanded into concert promotion, launching the successful EQUATOR (www.equatorfestival.com) series of top world music performers in Kent – Ashford, Folkesotne, Maidstone, and London). In 2009 it launched the Equator Choir Competition for schools and amateur choirs from Kent, and in October 2010 it launches the Equator Music Competition for Kent. It is also working with Kent Music Service to promote a high quality international classical and contemporary music series in Kent. ShivaNova and Equator are supported by Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Shepway District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Hazlitt Theatre, Quarterhouse, and RichMix.


ShivaNova's recent albumSecret Chants

released Spring 2009 -distributed by Universal


The album has been reviewed in major national publications including The
Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Songlines, JazzWise, and has been featured on Radio 4 Womans’ Hour.



ShivaNova is a British–based performing and recording world music company, founded in 1988, that has an established reputation for excellence and quality, reflected in our outstanding line-up of internationally renowned musicians including composer, pianist and Artistic Director, Priti Paintal; Sanchita Pal and Yogeswaram (vocals); Rowland Sutherland; Alex Housego (flutes); Jean Toussaint (saxophone); Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, and Shabhaz Khan (tablas); RN Prakash (south Indian percussion); Jyotsna srikanth (indian violin), Sonya Slany and Chandrashekhar (violin).

The company has toured nationally and internationally, including sell out performances at London's Jazz Cafe. ShivaNova's first CD - POLYGAMY, featuring Orphy Robinson, was featured as a BBC Music Magazine Pick of the Year and in Classic CDs choice of the best in contemporary music. d.

ShivaNova's main objective is to create new work (musical and cross-artform) from diverse classical traditions, to widen the audience for its own work and for these traditions, and to inspire new ways of perceiving and listening.

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Its artistic policy is to bring together high quality musicians and artists from differing traditions, mainly from classical Asian, African and western backgrounds, for performances and education and workshop programmes in schools and the wider community. As a creative producer it promotes its own performances, presents guest performances and makes recordings.

Instruments used by ShivaNova include sitar, sarod, Indian and Middle Eastern harps, voice, tabla, Indian and Western violins, cello, piano/keyboards, saxophone, flutes, percussion, African kora and drums and Chinese instruments.


 Last updated 10/09/2010




ShivaNova is a dimension of new musical excitement, bringing together virtuoso improvising musicians from Europe, Asia and Africa. The creation of Priti Paintal, ShivaNova's music integrates elements of jazz, classical, Asian, ambient and club dance styles to create a sound-world that is immediately accessible yet completely unique. Instruments used by ShivaNova include sitar, sarod, Indian and Middle Easter harps, voice, tabla, Indian and Western violins, cello, piano/keyboards, saxophone, flutes, percussion, African kora and drums and Chinese instruments.