Jay Gandhi – Podcast 231

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The day after a moving performance with Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Jeff Tain Watts an other giants of Jazz, we hung out at home with Jay Gandhi! After our short conversation he shares a special live performance.

Jay is an artist who dedicated to the Hindustani tradition and is also bringing his instrument, the bansuri, into new territory.

 

Samarth Nagarkar and Meghashyam Keshav – Podcast 230

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Samarth at Sunrise during the 2016 Ragas Live Festival

itunes-button1The nineteenth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav (tabla), Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium).  This is a great to chance to experience music created for the sunrise.  It was performed as the first rays broke through the evening sky.

Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and richly traditional music.

Samarth features in prominent music festivals and venues in India and the US including The ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata; Chhandayan All Night Concert, The International Fringe Festival and The Drive East Festival, NYC; Maverick Concerts, Woodstock; Ali Akbar College of Music and Basant Bahar, San Francisco; The APAP Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC; The Kashinath Bodas Music Festival, Pheonix; The Gandharva Festival in New Jersey and Universities like Stanford, UPenn, UPitt and PSU.

He has two albums titled ‘Pranali’ and ‘Pravah’ and a book, ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit.

He has also composed music for major international films and conventions.

Samarth is a recipient of the President’s Award for winning the All India Radio’s National Music Competition and a Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

He was formerly head of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy in Lucknow and currently teaches at two prominent music schools in New York, and also teaches adjunct lectures and master-classes at schools/universities like MSM and NYU.

He is a former scholar of the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and has trained extensively in the strict guru-shishya parampara under two renowned gurus and top ranking musicians – Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.

Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and a torchbearer of the traditions he represents.

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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Neel Murgai/Sameer Gupta – Ragas Live Festival 2016 #7 Podcast 215

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itunes-button1The seventh set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works. Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla).  Neel and Sameer will be performing at the Raga Massive Concert and Jam Session at the Art Cafe (885 Pacific Street, Brooklyn) this Wednesday, Jan 4th 8pm.

Neel and Sammeer at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 @ Pioneer Works

Neel is a multi-instrumental performer, composer and teacher in New York City. He graduated with an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. His life long journey into the depth and beauty of sitar and Indian classical music began in Benares 20 years ago with Ravindra Goswami. Neel has studied sitar for the past 14 years with his guru and mentor Pt. Krishna Bhatt. Neel has studied and plays a variety of instruments ranging from the Persian frame drum to the kanjira, as well as the voice. Neel is interested in creating music that draws from not only Indian Classical Music, but other various traditions as well.

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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Roopa Mahadevan – Ragas Live Festival #9 Podcast 213

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itunes-button1The ninth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Anjna Swaminathan (violin), Bala Skandan (mridangam), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira).

Roopa Mahadevan is a versatile vocalist rooted in the South Indian (Carnatic) classical tradition.  Born and raised in San Jose, California, Roopa underwent her major formative training in Carnatic vocal music in under Asha Ramesh, disciple of the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi D.K. Jayaraman and Sri Nanganallur Ramanathan. In 2007, Roopa was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to receive advanced Carnatic vocal training in Chennai, India under Suguna Varadachari, a senior guru of the Musiri Subramania Iyer tradition.

 Roopa has been a regular performer of Carnatic vocal concerts in the U.S. and India. She has been performing in all of the major “sabhas” in Chennai, India during the December music season, including the prestigious Music Academy. She has received praise from the Carnatic music fraternity and notable press, including The Hindu. She has also performed at the well-known Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, which awarded her the title ‘Kala Ratna’ for her commitment to the pursuit of Carnatic music as a young American. Roopa is also an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer who has performed her arangetram under the training of the Indumathy Ganesh, disciple of Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran. Roopa is a regular vocal peformer for several of the leading Bharathanatyam and contemporary dancers of the South Asian Diaspora.

Roopa is the artistic director of the NYC-based Navatman Music Collective, an Indian Classical Vocal ensemble. Roopa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from Stanford University. She is based in New York City, where she balances a career in public health policy with the passionate pursuit of her art

Recorded by James Clark mixed by Sameer Gupta.

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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Dan Weiss Teen Taal Drumset Solo – Ragas Live Festival #4 Podcast 209

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itunes-button1The fourth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Dan Weiss (Drumset) and Michael Gam (bass).

Weiss has been studying tabla and Indian classical music with his Guru (teacher) Samir Chatterjee since 1998. With his Tintal Drum set Solo,  Dan takes the concept of a traditional Indian tabla solo and migrates it to a conventional drum set.

When listening to Tintal Drum set Solo, the trick is to reverse more conventional roles. Whereas, in a typical Western context, one would expect the guitar or bass to be the melodic centre and the drums to be the rhythmic support, here one needs to place Weiss’ kit up front, with the other melodic instruments in the supporting role.

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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Rajasthani Folk Music Live at WKCR Podcast 204

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Vocalists Sattar Khan Langa, Manjoor Khan Manganiyar  join us at WKCR for a live in-studio set.  The music from this region is recognized around the world for its virtuosity and beauty.  The chance to see and hear real live Rajasthani folk music is really rare and these guys really blew us away.