Symposium 2016

shastra-symposium-2016-coverShastra Symposium 2016

September 29 – October 1, 2016
Hosted by William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey, USA

Shastra is an organization that supports artists who create meaningful connections between the great musical traditions of India and the West. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, many musicians from Indian and Western musical backgrounds have chosen to embrace both traditions equally, working between them in unique and innovative ways based on their experience, exposure, and individual aesthetic. At Shastra, we aim to set the stage for this new order of musicians, to create a community of artists who contextualize one another’s work, and to share this beautiful, cross-cultural music with audiences around the world.  The Shastra Symposium 2016 is our first peer-reviewed conference that brings together scholars, performers, and composers to explore this fascinating music.

Organizing Committee

Payton MacDonald, William Paterson University
Reena Esmail, Yale School of Music

Local Arrangements Committee

Review Committee
Payton MacDonald, William Paterson University
Sam Mukherji, University of Michigan
Reena Esmail, Yale School of Music


Thursday, September 29

5:00 – Registration
5:30 – Welcoming remarks
6:00 — Payton MacDonald, composer presentation (With Rohan Krishnamurthy and WP Percussion Ensemble)
6:30 – break
7:00 – Peter Lavezzoli keynote address

Friday, September 30

10:00 – Asha Srinivasan. Musical Intent and Understanding within a Cross-cultural Context
10:30 – Michael Harrison Composer Session
11:00 – break
11:30 – Reena Esmail, composer presentation
12:00 – Rohan Krishnamurthy. Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam: Transforming Boundaries Through Gamelan
12:30 ­­- 2:00, lunch break
2:00 – Shawn Mativetsky. From Padhant to Page – The Development of a Practical System for Tabla Notation
2:30- Natalie Sarrazin. Is it Still Rock and Roll to You?: Hindi Film’s Adaptation of Rock and Pop Music
3:00 – Break
3:30 – Annie Smith and Paul Dab. Indian Music and Poetry’s Influence on Western Classical Vocal Repertoire
4:00 – Greg Dixon. Composing New Music for Prayer Machines
4:30 –7:00, dinner break
7:00 – Evening Concert: Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, performing arrangements of Akshaya Tucker and Shane Cook (from Shastra’s LA Summer Intensive), Payton MacDonald Percussion concerto, feat. Shawn Mativetsky, and others

Saturday, October 1

10:00 –  Akshaya Tucker. Arranging with Hindustani Music – Composer Perspective on Shastra’s Los Angeles Summer Intensive
10:30 – Andre Fludd. The Electric Strings of South India: The use of Electric Guitar in Carnatic Music
11:00 – break
11:30 – Caroline Tabah. The Hybrid Nature of Hindi Film Songs
12:00 – Panel discussion
12:30 ­­- 2:30, lunch break
2:30 –Mirna Lekic. Ensemble 365 Performs Chamber Works by Maurice Delage and Ravi Shankar
3:00 – Pavithra Chari. INEVITABLE
4:00 – TBA
4:30 –6:00 – dinner break
6:00 ­– Rez Abbasi/Jazz Room Sittin’ In
7:00 – evening concert, Rez Abbasi, Jazz Room