Last Friday, September 19, 2008, we performed at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA. It was great to play in the beautiful hall they have there. Despite the presidential debates, we had a receptive audience. We had a special guest on bass, Eric Vogler, filling in for David Ewell. Aside from playing bass, Eric is a genius at programming music through his computer.Here are some pictures. View the whole set on flickr. It was a fun two concerts — for YBCA at the Red Poppy and Hillside Club in Berkeley. Sameer has gone back to New York. We should all be getting together and playing again soon. In mean time, you can support us by checking out our new album if you have not already.
A live clip from Friday’s VidyA concert
I have finally done it. At long last. I actually brought my recorder with me and recorded last Friday’s VidyA concert that took place at the Red Poppy Art House as part of YBCA (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) Bay Area Now series. The recorder was actually placed behind us, because there was no other place to put it, but you can still hear everything pretty well.I felt the concert went quite well musically and I think its mainly a result of trying to keep the songs fresh every time and take chances with the compositions. I decided to make a part of it available online for you to download and enjoy. This is the first part of the 2nd set. A new ragamalika (multiple raga) exploration that segways into Kauveri, which happens to be another song with multiple ragas. Click the link below to download (right-click to save it). Nine / Kauveri (VidyA live 9/19/08)
VidyA concerts Fri 9/19 and Fri 9/26
Just a quick reminder — a couple great VidyA concerts coming up.Friday, September 19, 2008. 8pm. VidyA at Yerba Buena Bay Area Now series. San Francisco, CA.
Located at 2698 Folsom St at the Red Poppy Art House (23rd and Folsom).
More info here. Friday, September 26, 08 – VidyA at Hillside Club. Berkeley, CA. This is a beautiful venue in the East Bay. If you haven’t been, make sure to come! This will feature Eric Vogler as a guest on bass. 2286 Cedar Street
Info: (510) 845-1350
More Info here. Here are some pictures to leave you with. Take care, Prasant
New VidyA Photos
To coincide with our new VidyA CD release, we finally got some photos taken by a great Bay Area photographer, Nate Keck (who also happens to be a friend of the Red Poppy).I think we were able to get a few nice shots — the whole thing was natural with very limited actual posing for the pictures. That was great for me, because posing is not my forte. I think David has it down though. Anyways, I uploaded all the color pictures to flickr, so please check them out and tell us your favorites in the comments or via e-mail. It hard to decide looking at so many pictures of ourselves. We eventually have to choose two or three that would be used for most purposes. View the pictures here. Here is my favorite: L-R: Sameer Gupta, David Ewell, Prasant Radhakrishnan.
Thoughts?If you are in the Bay Area, make to sure to check out two exciting concerts we have this month! Info here.
VidyA CD available all over the web
I mentioned in an earlier post that I would let you know when the new VidyA CD would be available at major retailers online.
Well, its a bit delayed, but here are the links you might have been waiting for.
Some independent music stores like Amoeba, Rasputin, Aquariu etc., will also carry it. If you don’t see it, ask for it! There are also other online services that have it as well.
VidyA CD Release Concert Tonight!/ Radio Play / Record Stores
That is me right this moment…not sure why I decided to include this picture.Today we will be performing at the Red Poppy Art House to celebrate the release of the new CD! It is extra special, because today is my dad’s birthday (mom, myself, dad below).
Happy Birthday! We will also be doing a photo shoot with Bay Area photographer Nate Keck, so you can finally expect to see some updated photos of the group for press purposes and otherwise. Here is a random (and blurry) shot of us playing, just for kicks. Today the new album was played on KPFA’s Music of the World show with David McBurnie. I believe they played “Lost Tales,” the track based on Bhairavi ragam. They also gave away a couple sets of tickets for the concert. The latest development is that the new album is now available at Ameoba Music in Berkeley and Rasputin in Berkeley, with other locations following soon, like Aquarius in SF (they have East Facing right now). Some of my Indian Classical albums are there also. If you can’t find it there, ask for it and be persistent! I will post more info as I find out. Thanks to everyone for your support. There has been so much activity leading up to this album, but I wouldn’t even call it “work” because I have been so lucky to have many great people to work with and great listeners. Have a great long weekend.
VidyA CD unboxing, packaging preview
I just received the first shipment of the new VidyA CD, which we will be releasing at the Red Poppy this Friday. It was an exciting moment, so I thought I might as well share it with everyone. Here are some pictures of it so you can imagine what it will look like in your own hands…