This week’s #festivalfridays video is Shirish Korde’s vibrant and energetic work Lalit, for cello and tabla – played here in a new arrangement with vibraphone. The bold gestures and driving rhythms in this piece will captivate you!
This week’s #festivalfridays video is Shastra Co-Artistic Director Payton MacDonald’s Dhrupad Trace set! Payton’s dhrupad vocals mixed with a beautiful electronic Ableton soundscape. This is Dhrupad like you’ve never heard it before! Take a listen.
This week’s @festivalfridays video is Reena Esmail’s String Quartet, Ragamala. A warm and delicate tapestry, weaving together four Hindustani raags in Western classical forms. Take a listen!
Performed by: Melanie Clapies, Jessica Oddie, Lucy Caplan and Yan Levionnois
This week’s #festivalfridays video is “Jaunpuri”, a beautiful, evocative work by Michael Harrison for Indian vocals, piano, tabla and tamboura, featuring vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, pianist Kimball Gallagher and Anirban Roy Chowdhury on tabla. You will love the subtle flavors of India and the West, and unique textures in this piece. Take a listen:
Last April, Shastra put on its inaugural Festival of Indian/Western crossover music. We had a wonderful day of performances from top artists at (le) poisson rouge in New York City, and we also streamed the festival live for our audiences around the world. If you missed this event, or if you want to hear it again, you’re in luck: Over the next few months, every Friday, Shastra will be releasing videos from the entire festival on our YouTube Channel, so you can enjoy these performances any time.
First up: Shawn Mativetsky’s performance of Bruno Paquet’s work for tabla and electronics, “Les Arbres Celestes”. A beautiful crystalline piece of music that dazzles the senses. Take a listen:
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Check out www.naanfunctionalharmony.com, a new site created by Alex Pinto, which explores new hybrid approaches to Jazz and Carnatic music. Alex recently finished a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, where he went deeper into the relationships between Indian and Western music.
“This video below demonstrates a classic rhythmic displacement exercise in Carnatic music. In the 8 beat cycle Adi Thalum, the phrase Ta Ka Di Mi Ta Ka Ju Nu is displaced by a 16th note via the phrase Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta, a cell of five 16th notes. Watch the video and attempt to figure out the exercise. If you need help, check out the attached pdf, available to download.”