Arun Ramamurthy Trio -Ragas Live Festival # 3 Podcast 198

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itunes-button1The thrid set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works. Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Perry Wortman (bass).

The Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) performs Jazz Carnatica. Rooted in the style of the virtuoso violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Arun brings a fresh approach to the age-old South Indian classical repertoire. The trio’s collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta & and bassist Perry Wortman. The Carnatic canon is remixed in this seamless integration of styles as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy. Arun’s original compositions pay homage to Carnatic rhythmic structures and rich tonalities while expanding the music with a modern jazz backbeat.

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

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Akshara – Ragas Live Festival # 2 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The second set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Akshara (lit. imperishable, immutable, inalterable) is comprised of: Bala Skandan (mridangam), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Trina Basu (violin), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira), Max ZT (dulcimer), Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla).

Akshara is an exciting dynamic percussion group rooted in Indian classical musical traditions. Comprised of virtuosic performers in Carnatic and Hindustani classical genres, Akshara performs an energetic blend of classical Indian melody and rhythm highlighted with solo and scale-based improvisations. The group performs original compositions by Bala Skandan, demonstrating the powerful and complex rhythmic structures inherent in South Indian classical music.

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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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Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Ravi Shankar Tribute – Ragas Live Festival # 1 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The blazing first set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Comprising of members of Brooklyn Raga Massive – Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Michael Gam (bass), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) – the Ravi Shankar Tribute ensemble inaugurates the Brooklyn Ragas live festival by playing several of Pt. Ravi Shankar’s compositions.

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Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works

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

Recorded by James Clark, mixed by Sameer Gupta.

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Rhythm Master: V. Selvaganesh – Podcast 185

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itunes-button1As a lifelong fan of Shakti, hanging with  V. Selvaganesh was a dream come true.  Here the master percussionist V. Selvaganesh talks about his music and shares his experience with John McLaughlin’s Remember Shakti and other great collaborations.   He breaks down the South Indian rhythmic system and we hear selections from his album Souhka.   Our friend Arun Ramamuthy joins the discussion.

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At our home studio with Selvaganesh

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Born in Chennai to Grammy-winning musician Vikku Vinayakram, a former member of the original Shakti, he is the grandson of T. R. Harihara Sarma, who founded the Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya (Sri JGTV school) in Chenna

Selvaganesh first gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin’s group,Remember Shakti. His debut international solo album, Soukha, was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, U. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh’s father T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram. He has also formed a new group called dr JSM, with the UK-based Goan songwriter/producer dr.Joel and the young Carnatic singer Mahesh.[citation needed]Their Indo-Celtic album entitled Turn on the dreams was released in the UK in 2005.

In 2012, Selvaganesh made his film directorial debut with Bodhai, a short film in Tamil. He also composed the soundtrack which was released in digital format by Saregama.

Here he is with Remember Shakti

L. Subramaniam, violin legend Podcast 181

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On the opening day of Brooklyn Raga Massive’s residency at Pioneer Works, perhaps the world’s greatest carnatic violin player, L. Subramaniam, came and joined us for a revealing interview.  His son Ambi and he then treated us to a  live performance right in our humble little container studio.

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Yehudi Menuhin wrote, “each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment.” A Grammy-nominated artist, Mr. Subramaniam has made more than 200 recordings and has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and Maynard Ferguson.

L. Subramaniam will be performing this Friday, Febuary 5 at 92nd Street Y,  This is his first performance in  New York since 2006 and is the only North American event in the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, which he founded and leads. He will be  joined by his son, violinist Ambi Subramaniam, drummer Mahesh Krishnamurthy, and  Ravi Balasubramanian, ghatam.

The concert is co-presented by World Music Institute and 92nd Street Y.

.  Thanks to WMI for bringing L. Subramaniam to NYC Radio Live! And thanks to Sameer Gupta for mixing this.

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L. Subramaniam and his son Ambi performing for NYC Radio Live  in the Pioneer Works Container Studio.