Venue: St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL Ph:
Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, seven mins walk.
Tickets £12.00 adv BUY NOW / £14.00 door
This venue consists of both seated and standing areas. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis – in order to ensure a seat please arrive early.
Nicki Wells, the exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter behind TURYA, takes inspiration from Indian classical music, which she studied throughout her teenage years in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence experienced after sound. This influence is echoed throughout her new Nitin Sawhney produced debut album ‘Ocean’. TURYA’s uniquely original sound fuses elements of Western folk, roots and pop with classical Indian foundations.
T U R Y A describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music “I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,” she explains. “When you’re a kid, I think you have the ability to easily adapt to your environment. The school was academic, but in the morning, we’d also wake up and meditate as part of the curriculum. It was all about kids climbing trees and scratching their knees, with an emphasis on self-expression and not being saturated with materialism.
There was so much beautiful nature, there was jungle and these epic, white mountains, and that’s what you’d wake to see every day. It was also very international – we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That’s how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages. It was all about making connections, sometimes even without words, but just being in the present moment.”