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|Strings Attached is
a collaborative production, of two of the very innovative, expressive
and exciting artists of Carnatic music. Violin Kumaresh an integral
part of the Ganesh Kumaresh duo, is a performer, composer, and teacher
of distinction; teams up with Veenai Jayanthi, who is a world-class
performer, composer and teacher as well. The duo, both musically and in
life, converse (Samvada), through their instruments creating imagery
from the most profound to the most endearing. This is the first time
this collaboration is presented in the US.
What the artiste's say:
A musical performance for an artiste is all about expressing his/her
emotional connect with the art form and try and reach out to the
listening audience with those musical moments.
Strings Attached is
an expression where in we, more as musicians in conversation, try to
connect with the audience our musical thoughts, musical exchanges, the
converging and diverging points, the climaxes, the beginning, the
profound, the subtle etc. It is a journey of expanding and exploring
the musical emotions and expressions of our soul through the sounds of
our individual instruments, which has been our dearest friends.
Violin that way are very accommodative and dynamic
instruments which move and sway along with our ideas and help us
connect not only with ourselves, but with each other and more
importantly with you, the listening audience.
Attached is truly a culmination of many a thought process
coming together to express the celebration of the art as the musical
expression of the way of life !!!!!
Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh
Jayanthi has been enthralling audiences the world
over with her graceful, emotive and expressive music for the last 25
years. The Statesman, a well acclaimed daily quotes that Jayanthi is
“The best and most versatile Veena artiste we have today.”
Born into a family where music has been the mainstay for the last seven
generations, Jayanthi started playing the Veena when she was barely 3.
Winning her way through several laurels and awards right from her
childhood, Jayanthi was soon one of the youngest artistes in Veena to
receive A-TOP grading from All India Radio (the highest grade offered
by the only grading body in India).
In recognition of her artistry, the Government of Tamilnadu has
honoured her with the title of Kalaimamani. She has also been the
recipient of prestigious awards like the 'Best Main Musician', 'Best
Veena concert of the year', 'Sathyashree', 'Veena Nada Mani' and the
Jayanthi has been invited by prestigious organisations across the world
like Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the UN and World Music Centre in New
York, Music Guimet in Paris, Woodstock in United States, Indo- German
Societies, the Indian embassy at Sharjah and several such platforms to
represent the National instrument of India – the Saraswathi Veena.
Apart from solo performances, Jayanthi has performed several
jugalbandhis and has also collaborated with musicians from other types
of music in her own World music band called Indian Spice. As a
composer, Jayanthi has scored music for a host of dance productions and
musicals that have premiered in India and abroad, including Krishna
Bhakthi, Abbakarani and Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. She has also
composed for the National South Asian Youth orchestra of the UK.
Jayanthi is the disciple of her maternal aunt Smt. Padmavathy
Ananthagopalan and Veena Maestro Dr.S.Balachander. Her maternal uncle,
the Violin Legend Lalgudi Sri. Jayaraman is a great influence and
inspiration for her.
Jayanthi has recorded several CDs for companies all over the world like
Times Music, Music Today, Sense World, Earthsync, Navras, Home Records
etc. She recently came out with an album called 'Mysterious Duality' in
which for the first time one artiste and one instrument have created an
orchestral effect. This album focuses on the multi-dimensional persona
of the self. Mysterious duality is her tribute to the most majestic
instrument that India has contributed to the world – the Veena.
Jayanthi was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Mysore for her
work on the subject "Analytical Study of Different Banis and Playing
techniques of the Saraswathi Veena".
Jayanthi has evolved her own identity and style by making the Veena her
voice in expressing many a new musical thought to the audiences across
the globe. She has today made the Veena the focal point of musical
essence and experience.
For more information and sample music clips of the artist please
R.Kumaresh is part of the well known prodigal violinist duo - Ganesh
and Kumaresh. The brothers, who were hailed as ‘Child
Violin Prodigies’, gave their first public performance in the
year 1972, when Ganesh was just 7 years and Kumaresh 5 years. Since
then, the brothers have performed in different places in India and in a
number of countries across the globe. Ganesh Kumaresh have been
the only violin duo to have performed for more than three decades
together. The brothers have carved a niche for Indian instrumental
music with their impeccable and remarkable technique both in playing
the instrument and in interpreting the musical forms. Their music is
laden with virtuosity and brims with soul stirring creativity, soaked
Trained by their father Shri T. S. Rajagopalan, a veteran violinist,
Ganesh Kumaresh completed their hundredth stage appearance before the
younger brother was ten years of age. By the time they were into their
teens, they were performing with the veterans in the musical field.
Ganesh Kumaresh are today a much honored and widely traveled musical
team. They have made inspirational and exhilarating forays into world
music teaming up with such luminaries as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Ustad
Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakaram, Late Valangaiman Shanmugasundaram,A R
Rehman, John Mclaughin, Illayaraja, Rajan Mishra, Sajan Mishra,
Umalayapuram Sivaraman, Palghat Raghu, T K Murthy, Steve Thornton,
Trilok Gurtu and the list is truly long.
Their deep-rooted strength in playing Carnatic Music in the traditional
way has made them the favorites with the purists as well as the
uninitiated. Their strict adherence to classicism and their
virtuosity with an innovative approach in their presentation has earned
the appreciation of thousands of music lovers across the globe. The
brothers have given new dimensions to the realm of music and have
brought out a refreshingly original content and style for this form of
art. Having performed in several top notch global festivals, their
creative idiom is international in nature and their communication
through music crosses all boundaries. Their musical caliber is
recognized worldwide. They have been responsible in making
violin, which was all along considered a mere accompanying instrument,
occupy the centre stage of a concert platform.
For more information and sample music clips
of the artist please visit www.ganeshkumaresh.org
Hailing from a family of music connoisseurs at Neyveli, Narayanan was
initiated into the art of Mrudangam playing at the young age of seven,
under the guidance of Sri S.K. Ganesa Pillai. He made his debut at the
age of 11 and ever since, he has been rising in his art by furthering
his horizons and making a mark in the field of carnatic music. An
intensive training under the Maestro Late Thanjavur Sri Upendran
brought about a great amount of professionalism in Narayanan's playing.
His guru taught him the intricacies and specialities of the Tanjore
Style of playing on the mrudangam.
Narayanan is now blessed with the rare opportunity of being one of the
favourite disciples of the Mrudangam Legend Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri
K.Sivaraman. This great influence has brought in a great amount of
clarity, precision and perfection in Narayanan's style.
Narayanan is a post graduate in rhythmology from Madras University. He
has accompanied almost all the veterans and present day stars of
carnatic music, to name a few, M/S. Madurai T.N Seshagopalan, T.V.
Sankaranarayanan, K.V. Narayanaswamy, T.R. Subramanyam, O.S.
Thyagarajan, T.N. Krishnan, Mandolin Srinivas, FluteRamani, Chitravina
Ravikiran, Sudha Ragunathan, Sowmya, Aruna Sairam, Hyderabad Brothers,
Malladi Brothers, M.S. Gopalakrishnan, E.Gayatri, BombayJayasri, and
others. He had the privilege of sharing the stage with the Grammy Award
winner, Tabla Wizard Maestro Zahir Hussian recently with Violin Vidwans
Sri Ganesh Kumaresh. He has cut several commercial records, released by
recording institutions like Charsur, Rajalakshmi Audio, Music India,
Narayanan has performed in all the leading sabhas in India. He has also
won acclaim in other countries like USA, Canada, Australia, Newzeland,
UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Dubai, Muscat, Doha,
Abudhabi, Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong. He has also participated in
many National and international festivals like the Festival of Asia in
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, National Arts council in Singapore etc.,
As an 'A-TOP' grade artist, Narayanan has been featured regularly by
the All India Radio and TV networks, which also included prestigious
broadcasts like Southzone Hook-up, Sangeetha Sammelan and National
Programme of music.
Narayanan has students both in India, USA, Canada and UK . They are
taught through internet and phone and refresher classes during the
visits to those places.
Narayanan is indebted to his parents Sri Rajagopalan and Smt.Meenakshi
, who with their insight and vision nurtured his talent as well his
family who have been a constant source of support.
For more information and sample music clips
of the artist please visit http://neyvelinarayanan.com
Trichy Krishnaswamy began his
training in Ghatam and Mridangam at a tender age of 10 from Tanjai Sri
V Srinivasan and B Harikumar respectively.
He has performed in All India Radio, Doordarshan (Indian National
Television) several sabhas all over india including the well
known sabhas in Chennai, Kolkota, Thiruananthapuram, Trichy and
Pune. He has provided accompaniment to Chengalpat Sri
Renganathan, TV Shankaranarayanan, O S Thyagarajan, Padmashri
Sudha Raghunathan, Nithyashri Mahadevan, T M Krishna and Sikkil
Gurucharan among others. He has also provided accompaniment to
well known instrumentalists including Sikkil Sisters (flute), R
Kumaresh (violin), Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena), Geetha Bennet
(Veena), Kadari Gopalnath (Saxophone).
Trichy Krishnaswamy has been awarded with several accolades including
Aasthana Vidwan of Kamakoti Peetham of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu Iyal,
Isai, Nataka Manram (Tamilnadu Sangeeth-Natak Academy). He has
also been awarded the scholarship in the field of Ghatam from Ministry
of Culture, Government of India. All India Radio audition Panel
has accorded him the rank "Direct B-High Grade" artiste.
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Spring 2012 Concert
Series has been made possible, in part, by funds
provided by the Honeywell "Dollars for Doers" Grant, a matching grant
from US Bank and
donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in
Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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