Satinder Sartaaj is an internationally known singer best recognized for his well-decorated career in Punjabi-Sufi music. His stock took a recent rise after his Hollywood acting debut depicting the Maharaja Duleep Singh in the universally acclaimed motion picture The Black Prince. The famed poet holds a Doctorate in Sufi Music and is most widely sighted for his spellbinding performances in front of the many thousands that gather at his concerts all over the world.
Sartaaj's emergence has been tied to the long list of hit songs that date back a decade, however, the Punjab native has always demonstrated an uncanny ability to transcend. The practicing music professor's reverence for his craft and culture has always been on display in his music but his recent acceptance by greater audiences have catapulted this superstar. His collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Talib Kweli, and other American music stars combined with his collaboration with Indian Cinema queen Shabana Azmi on the film The Black Prince have helped graduate this prolific performer to a grander playing field.
His humble reflection of being the first Indian man with a turban to walk the red carpet at Cannes is in stride with the modesty Sartaaj champions. His 2014 Royal Albert Hall sellout performance was the first of the many eyebrow-raising accomplishments that have since become a common step. His achievements with the United Nations to help raise funds for their fight against Human Trafficking saw him work alongside cultural royalty like A.R.Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Quincy Jones, President Jimmy Carter and much more to help eradicate the world's second-biggest crime.
The year ahead looks incredibly exciting with a calendar that looks to further his international presence. The upcoming digital release of The Black Prince will punctuate one of the defining films of the Indian diaspora of this last year, and with a mini-series on the horizon, the visibility looks sure to grow. Sartaaj's next music album promises to deliver the sound that has defined his name, except this much more around the world will be listening.
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.
Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep.
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.