Just a heads up, I will be doing an interview and also sharing a playlist on KALX Berkeley 90.7 tomorrow (February 14) from 12 to 1pm. So tune into 90.7 and listen in! Details at http://kalx.berkeley.edu/
Well, after over a month’s absence posting here, I finally decided to put together a brief round up of my trip to India. The trip went very well. I had a good mix of personal practice time and concerts among other things. I even got to catch the latest Batman film, “Dark Knight” a couple days before I left. Definitely a dark and chilling film.I was very happy to spend some quality time with my guru, Dr. Kadri Gopalnath. I was also able to catch up with some friends, mentors and other musicians who I usually spend time with, such as T.R. Subramaniam, A. Kanyakumari, Guruvayur Dorai, V. Suresh, Ganeshprasad among others. This time, it was a treat to perform with B.U. Ganeshprasad (violin), Trichur Narendran (mridangam), Phalgun (mridangam), and V. Suresh during my concerts among others. As I mentioned in my earlier post, my first concert of the trip was at Rameswaram. Rameswaram has an interesting history, mainly because of the religious background. Myself, Ganeshprasad and Phalgun did a morning concert there after a long a night train. It was a part of a three day Gurupurnima event. A video was taken, but as usual, I never find time to upload. I will do it soon enough. Here is a screen grab from the video I have…
After Rameswaram and Thiruvunamalai, I had a concert at a new hall in Chennai called Sri Muthu Venkata Subba Rao Memorial Hall. Quite a long name. I can say that I was extremely impressed with the hall. I think it is the best hall in Chennai. The concert was curated by the hall’s programming director and sponsored by a company there called Gatsby. It was definitely a crowd different from the usual Carnatic listeners, but the response was very good and it was a pleasure to play in a quality environment and ambience focused purely on the music. The whole thing was recorded, both audio and video, so hopefully I will share some of that with you soon. That concert had myself on saxophone, B.U. Ganeshprasad, Trichur Narendran on mridangam and V. Suresh on ghatam.The concert brought with it a number of press articles of all types. I haven’t received a copy of them all, but here are some links to the ones I heard about so far. If you want to get the latest, probably check back on my press page. If you find anything that is not there yet, let me know.
- “Strict Adherence to Classicism” – Concert review in The Hindu by Lalitha Krishnan
- “When East Meets West” – An article in a The Hindu supplement called “NXG”
- “Carnatic Music Gets a Saxy Makeover” – Article in a Hindu magazine called “Ergo.”
- “Unchained Melody” – Article in India Today magazine: Online Version | E-Magazine Version
- Interview in “The Score” music magazine: Online | PDF | Photo (jpg)
There was also a TV interview, but I lost track of that one. Some of these articles have a slightly odd interpretation of what I had said during interviews, but I have learned that it is unavoidable.Anyways, that is about all I can cover right now. The other concerts were memorable as well, but I don’t think I will go over everything here. I will try my best to post some videos or other media soon. By the way, I just added a little feed of my latest photos from flickr to the left of the blog. Hope you like it. Between that and my Twitter updates (feel free to “follow” me), you can easily see what I’m up to just by looking at the sidebar, even if I don’t have a chance to update the blog. Just finished listening to the 1967 Lalgudi Jayaraman concert at Krishna Ghana Sabha…again. Never gets old! Take care, and keep listening!
This is a bit belated, but the new release, East Facing was featured on the mp3 blog “Single of the Day” on August 9, 2007.Considering that the blog caters to all audiences, I was surprised that they chose the track “Raga Mukhari.” The track is the raga exposition for Mukhari before the timeless Thyagaraja composition Kshinamai, and of course has no percussion accompaniment. The track showcases the calmer side of the album, which I feel has a range of moods as is inherent in Carnatic music. Click the title to go to Single of the Day. Well, enjoy!