Bury Court

Bury Court is part of the historic Baltic Exchange located at the foot of 30 St Mary Axe (aka ‘The Gherkin’). The Baltic Exchange traces its roots back to 1744, at the Virginia and Baltick Coffee House in Threadneedle Street – the traditional meeting- and information trading place of merchants and sea captains in the City of London. From 1903 until 1992, the Baltic Exchange was located in a Grade-II listed, neo-classical style building at 24–28 St Mary Axe. On 10 April 1992, the facade of the offices was partially demolished, and the rest of the building was extensively damaged by a huge Provisional IRA bomb that killed three people. In 1998, after it was established that the damage was more severe than was initially thought (and despite objections by architectural preservationists) the building was razed and the site, together with that of the Chamber of Shipping at 30–32 St Mary Axe, was used to built 30 St Mary Axe (opened 2004). The Baltic Exchange is now located at 38 St Mary Axe.

Artist Notes

Bury Court is an almost peaceful enclave tucked behind the imposing Gherkin. It feels like a place of respite and offers space for contemplation, something the accompanying music also encourages. I used the sound of the wind that blows through it's (Bury Court's) corridors, a loud air conditioning system that can be heard frequently and the physical sound of the bench (produced by hitting it with my hands) as the bedrock for my composition. 

Sarathy Korwar

Sarathy Korwar is a percussionist/composer born in the US, raised in India and now based in London. Sarathy has been trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Devasthali and Pandit Sanju Sahai, and is equally at ease on the tabla and drum-kit. In 2011, he graduated with an MMus in Performance from SOAS in London, with a focus on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments.

Since moving to London, Sarathy has performed and collaborated with likes of jazz/improvised music legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, award winning instrumentalists Arun Ghosh, Shabaka Hutchings and Indian classical musicians such as Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Sanju Sahai and Padmashree Pt. Pratap Pawar. In 2014, he was awarded with the Rajshekhar Parikh Fellowship for exceptional performance and outstanding promise in music from India. In 2015, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at the Royal Opera House in London. June 2016 saw Sarathy support Kamasi Washington on his UK tour. His first album ‘Day To Day’ was released on Ninja Tune (2016) and features field recordings of Sidi musicians, who are descendants of African migrants in India.


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Sarathy Korwar

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