Six Degrees of Nitin Sawhney
Nitin Sawhney is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around. A true polymath, he is a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer—a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film, video games, dance, and theater. Here are just a few artists he's crossed paths with in his career.
Sawhney’s 10 studio albums include 2008’s London Undersound, which contains the song “My Soul” recorded with Paul McCartney.
In 2002, Sawhney worked with dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, writing the music for Khan’s work Kaash, which toured worldwide. These two kindred spirits converged again with zero degrees (2005), bahok (2008), Confluence (2009), and Vertical Road (2010).
He produced Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy-nominated album Traces of You, which features vocals by Norah Jones.
Sawhney’s 2011 studio work, Last Days of Meaning, is a “parable about entrenchment and dogmatism” in modern- day Britain, according to the artist. On the album, songs and instrumental pieces are interspersed with spoken reflections voiced by actor John Hurt.
Sawhney composed the music for the Ninja Theory video games Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, both of which star actor Andy Serkis.
He also recently scored Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, which features The Crown star Claire Foy.
Sawhney’s notable film and TV scores include music for the BBC series Natural Fantasia and Human Planet and for Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair’s adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.
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