Jasdeep Singh Degun


On-the-rise sitar star

Not born into a musical family and thus someone who only took up the sitar at the age of 15, Jasdeep Singh Degun has nonetheless packed plenty into that comparatively short space of time. Having collaborated with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Cerys Matthews, the Welsh National Opera and the Orchestra of Opera North, as well as appearing at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, this Leeds native is continuing to establish himself as one of the foremost sitar players around with an interpretation of the classical style of northern India both soothing and soulful, and shot through with grace and humility. Jasdeep makes his WOMAD debut shortly after the release of his first album, Anomaly, for our sister label Real World. It’s a beautiful recording, one that shows Jasdeep’s art is as much about feel as it is technique. “The music comes naturally to me,” he modestly explains.