INDIA AND WEST ASIA VENUES AND CONCERT LIST

Here is a list of concerts and venues to help Asian Music Hum students to find a music event for the “Ethnographic sketch of a music event” assignment. It is frequently updated as new events come to our attention. If you know of an event that might be added here, please email it to bmg2137@columbia.edu

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE

Brooklyn Raga Massive is a platform for all lovers of Raga music, both listeners and practitioners, to feel the pulse of NYC’s live Indian Classical music scene. Different artists performing throughout the year. Most concerts followed by “Raga Jam Session.”

        -Sept 14: Hindustani vocal (Pandit Sanjoy Banerjee)

        -Sept 21: Bil Afrah Project

        -Sept 23: John Coltrane birthday tribute

        -Sept 28: tabla duet

        -Oct 5: Hindustani vocal (Sandip Bhattarcharjee)

        -Oct 12: David Trasoff, sarod

        -Oct 19: Ken Shoji’s Mental Scenery

        -Oct 20: Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Lincoln Center Atrium (**FREE CONCERT**)

http://brooklynragamassive.com/ for more info!

MERASI: MASTER MUSICIANS OF RAJASHTAN

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Oct 6 + 7, 2016, discounted tickets for students

From the Great Thar Desert of India, the Merasi ensemble brings an ancient, world-class artistic legacy charged with passion, mastery, and social significance. Infectious rhythms spring from thirty-eight generations of Muslim musicians performing for Rajput maharajas and at temple festivals, where Hindu devotion and rich desert culture blend to create an invigorating celebration of diversity.

The Merasi are just about to start their East Coast tour and will have their NY premiere on Oct. 6 & 7 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, in Midtown. The program will feature a mix of Sufi and Hindu mystic songs from their hometown in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer District. Baryshnikov is offering heavily discounted tickets to students taking your class, and I wanted to pass along the discount code. It brings the cost of tickets down to just $18.

Here is a discount code you can use and link to the event page:

http://bacnyc.org/performances/performance/merasi

Link to the $18 code BAC18:

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/963021/prm/BAC18

Here is a very short tour video that will give you a better idea of the ensemble's music: https://vimeo.com/145419946. For more info on the ensemble, audio and video samples, and information about the humanitarian component to this tour check out  this folder on Google Drive:    https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0Bwe0NlV6MaGfV2dWV0pUVGhBU0U

 

GANESH RAJAGOPALAN

Carnatic Masters: Swara Yoga - Meditation Concert

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00PM

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn

South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan (of Ganesh-Kumaresh duo fame) has been acclaimed for his performances and compositions over the past four decades.  As a child prodigy he began performing at the age of seven, and made 100 stage appearances by the time he was 10.  He has toured the world, appearing with a wide array of classical, jazz and world music artists, including Zakir Hussain, and composed numerous ragas, varnams and thillanas, as well as music for dance ballets, theatre, and films.  In this concert, where he will explore the divine and healing through music, he will perform on violin and sing and also lead an interactive meditation of chanting with the audience. He will be accompanied by Akshay Ganesh on violin, Abhinav Seetharaman on mrdangam (double-headed barrel drum) and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira ​(frame drum).

Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26

Link: http://www.robertbrowningassociates.com/ganesh-rajagopalan.html

VIKKU - MASTER CLASS AND PERFORMANCE OF SOUTH INDIAN RHYTHM AND PERCUSSION

Saturday, October 8, 2016

7:30pm 9:30pm

Chhandayan Center For Indian Music

4 West 43rd Street, #618

New York, NY, 10036

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Dear friends of Chhandayan,

Tomorrow is going to be a very auspicious and glorious day in the history of Chhandayan Center for Indian Music; we will enter into a unique collaboration with the Vinayakram School of South Indian Rhythm, India and USA. The inauguration will be marked by a long-waited masterclass and performance by the renown maestro T.H. Vinayakram, popularly know as Vikku, the famous master of ghatam. He will be joined by his sons V. Selvaganesh and V. Umashankar, grandson Swaminathan, nephew N. Rajaraman and Ganeshan. They will be playing a variety of percussion instruments and explain in simple terms some of the fascinating aspects of Indian rhythm. Hope you can join us in welcoming them to New York City. Vikku ji is here in NY after a very long time and this will be his first visit to Chhandayan.

This appearance will mark the beginning of their continuous teachings and performances out of Chhandayan Center for Indian Music. So, it will be a good opportunity for all of us to be personally introduced to them. The space at Chhandayan is limited and many of the positions are already taken. So, we would highly recommend booking in advance at http://tabla.org/calendar/2016/10/8/vikku-master-class

The event will also be available for live streaming. The link is on our website.

T.H. Vinayakram - Ghatam

Rhythm has always been a quintessential facet of Carnatic music, and in the modern generation of percussionists, perhaps no other individual has mastered the intricacies and the laya endowments of the ghatam to such a great degree as Sri Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram. T.H. Vinayakram, affectionately known as Vikku, has transformed himself into an international celebrity with his imaginative and beautiful drumming on the ghatam.

Well known as a Carnatic artiste, Vikku came to international prominence as part of the famous fusion group Shakti, and went on to participate in many other international fusion music projects.

V. Selvaganesh - Kanjira

Selvaganesh Vinyakaram is the world’s premiere performer on the kanjira, the South Indian frame drum. The T.H. Vinayakram,  he is also a veteran of the fusion group 'Remember Shakti' with John McLaughlin. His solo album Soukha (2006) featured all of the members of Remember Shakti, as well as his father and Masters of Percussion sitarist Niladri Kumar.

Selvaganesh is also a major force in Tamil film making circles, composing songs in a beguiling mixture of genres, from folk to hip-hop to romantic ballads, and backed by a wide array of players from all over the world.

Selvaganesh gave a workshop at Chhandayan earlier this year, where he demonstrated South Indian rhythm and performed a duet with Samir Chatterjee.

DAVID TRASOFF - SARODE

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sarod – David Trasoff

Tabla – Samir Chatterjee

DAVID TRASOFF is a senior disciple of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan. David was privileged to have studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music with his guru since 1973. Acclaimed for his performance in both the United States and India, David has appeared in concert in arts centers, universities, conservatories and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has made numerous performing tours in India. David holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.F.A. in music from California Institute of the Arts. He served as Director of the Indian Music Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, University of California Riverside, California State University San Marcos, Pomona College and the Rotterdam Conservatory CODARTS program. David has composed and performed music for film, theater and dance projects, including an award-winning Los Angeles production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed Indian art film Leela. His recordings include a CD of North Indian classical music recorded with Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Student tickets $16

Link: http://tabla.org/event/david-trasoff-sarode-14oct2016-friday/

LINCOLN CENTER WHITE LIGHT FESTIVAL

October 16-November 16

Music of India

http://whitelightfestival.org/packages/sounds-of-india-package

 

SAHBA MOTALLEBI  

Persian Music

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30PM

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC

Sahba Motallebi, born in Iran, is recognized internationally as a virtuoso of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions.  She graduated from the Tehran Conservatory of Music, and was named Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival for four years running (1995-98).  She went on to help found the groundbreaking women’s ensemble Chakaveh, and, in 1999, was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra, thus beginning her career as an international performer. Her greatest honor has been performing and recording with Hossein Alizadeh and the Hamavayan Ensemble.  For the past decade, she has lived in southern California, continuing to perform worldwide.  In this concert, she performs a repertoire of traditional Persian music and original pieces accompanied by Naghmeh Farahmand on tonbak (goblet drum) and daf (frame drum).

Tickets: $28; seniors, students $24; day of show $32

Link: http://www.robertbrowningassociates.com/sahba-motalebbi.html

Apratim Majumdar – Sarod – North Indian Instrumental

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sarod – Apratim Majumdar

Tabla – Amit Chatterjee

Sarod virtuoso Apratim Majumdar is a very thoughtful and creative Sarod Player, a skilled composer, and a brilliant performer. Based in Calcutta, Apratim (born in 1978) was initially tutored and groomed by Prof Rabin Ghosh, a disciple of Ustad Alauddin Khan, in the strict discipline and style of Senia Maihar Gharana. He also received training from Shree Partho Sarothy, disciple of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Presently he is under training of Dr. Pradip Kumar Chakraborty, one of the most senior disciples of Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Student tickets: $16

Link: http://tabla.org/event/apratim-majumdar-sarod-north-indian-instrumental/

Check calendars of “world music” venues in New York such as:

-The Shrine (near Columbia): http://www.shrinenyc.com/calendar.php

-Barbes (Brooklyn): http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html

-Le Poisson Rouge: http://lpr.com/

-World Music Institute (various locations): http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/

-DROM: http://www.dromnyc.com/calendar

ALWAN FOR THE ARTS

Alwan offers an array of programs showcasing the diverse arts and cultures of the Middle East in an intimate setting where you, our community, can engage meaningfully with the artists and work being presented. Different artists performing throughout the year.

http://www.alwanforthearts.org/category/2

CHHANDAYAN

Chhandayan is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Indian music, dance and culture. With it's headquarters in the heart of New York city, its branches are spread over several states of the USA, Canada and India.

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http://tabla.org/new-york-1

PAST PERFORMANCES

SUPHALA AND FRIENDS

Solo Tabla/Collaboration

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Suphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. The four albums she has released to date – Instru Mental (2000), The Now (2005), Blueprint (2007) and Alien Ancestry (2013) – go beyond the limits of genre and style while referencing such diverse influences as Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul. Her concerts also break down boundaries: she made history in early 2005 when she traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban.

The musicians she has recorded or performed with include Norah Jones, Perry Ferrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, 4Hero, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer and Joan Osbourne, among others. The artistic alliances Suphala forms — including ensembles with vocals, strings, woodwinds, reeds and percussion — are an integral part of her innovative approach to making music. With her unique rhythmic and melodic vocabulary and production chops that are both rigorous and inventive, this next phase of Suphala’s evolving musical expression is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the tabla and a passionate commitment to expand the scope of its expression and to communicate it to the wider world.

Student tickets $16

Link: http://tabla.org/event/suphala-and-friends-solotablasolaboration/

DHRUPAD CONCERT

Sunita Avani Amin

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Vocal – Sunita Avani Amin

Pakawaj – Ankit Parikh

Student tickets $16

Link: http://tabla.org/event/dhrupad-concert-sunita-amin/

R. KUMARESH & JAYANTHI KUMARESH

Carnatic Masters:  Violin & Veena Duet

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:30PM

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC

The husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena (lute) virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh, two of the foremost instrumentalists in their respective fields, performs a soulful evening of solos and duets accompanied by R. Sankaranarayanan (mrdangam – double-headed barrel drum) and S. Krishnaswamy (ghatam – clay pot).  R. Kumaresh  has 40 years of concert experience and has been internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and for his duets with his brother, Ganesh Rajagopalan.  Jayanthi Kumaresh, who traces her musical heritage back six  generations, has captivated audiences around the world for 30 years and collaborated with many of India’s major artists.

Tickets: $28; seniors, students $24; day of show $32

Link: http://www.robertbrowningassociates.com/kumaresh--jayanthi-kumaresh.html