Noor Bakhsh hails from Pakistan's remote Balochistan region at the shores of the Indian Ocean, tucked away on the borders of Iran and Afghanistan. He plays an unusual string instrument with the keys the locals call a "Benju", originally a musical toy which has found its way from Japan to Pakistan. After hearing rumours of this awe-inspiring master musician, ethnomusicologist Daniyal Ahmed embarked on an odyssey to find Noor. Together, they recorded the artist's debut album in situ at sunset with only two microphones, to a stunning effect. Released digitally on Ahmed's own honiunhoni imprint, "Jingul" is currently receiving rave reviews by the international press, with a physical release being in the works.
At home, on the Indian subcontinent, Noor found himself in the unlikely position of becoming a viral star, a perspective most unusual for somebody who doesn't own a cell phone or has access to the internet.
In 2023, we are excited about the unique chance to present this spectacular performer of heavy traditional sounds for the first time live in Europe.
on tour late in October / early November 2023, and in summer 2024
24.10. PT Lisboa ZDB
25.10. PT Porto Casa da Musica
26.10. ES A Coruña WOMEX
28.10. NO Lorenskog Lorenskog Hus
29.10. SE Stockholm Kista världsmusik Festival
31.10. FI Tampere Telakka
01.11. FI Pori Validi Karkia
04.11. BE Antwerpen Bar Paniek
05.11. BE Bruxelles Ancienne Belgique
10.11. NL Utrecht Le Guess Who?