E R Janardhan (Carnatic Saxophone)

K V S Vinay
Sriram Natarajan (Mridangam)
Ravi Balasubramanian (Ghatam)

Sunday October 29 2017, 5:00 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Carnatic Saxophone Ensemble

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About the Artists

E R Janardhan

E R Janardhan was born in a family of musicians in 1974 at Eluru in Andhra Pradesh. His father Shri Ramba Satyanarayanamoorthy was Saxophone artist and performed on All India Radio, Vijaywada. At the age of seven Janardhan moved to Chennai and started learning Guitar & Mandolin from his Guru Shri. Rudraraju Subbaraju. E R Janardhan gave his first stage performance on mandolin & guitar at the age of 10. Between the years of 1989 and 19194, he gave over 1000 performances all over India.

E R Janardhan also started playing the saxophone as the main instrument since 1992, under the guidance of Shri. Kadri Gopalnath- saxophone Masetro. His first Saxophone concert was in 1994.  Since then he has been performing at several well known music sabhas in India.

In 1997, E R Janardhan won the Best Musician Award instituted by Narada Gana Sabha.  This award was bestowed on him by the Legendary vocalist Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer . In 2003, he won the Best Musician Award instituted by Music Academy.  He has received great critical acclaims from critics and media - Tamil & Telugu press, in particular.

K V S Vinay

Vinay hails from a musical family. He is the grandson of Sangeetha Kalanidhi late Sri T.K. Jayarama Iyer, eminent violinist and father of orchestration of Indian music. Born and raised in Delhi, Vinay had his initial training from Mrs. Vanaja Aravamuthan and subsequently trained under late Sri V. Janakiraman and his uncle Sri Kovai B. Dakshinamurthy.

A concert performer for over 20 years, Vinay has had the privilege of accompanying several leading musicians and also performing as a successful solo artiste. He has featured on national radio and TV in India and has won many awards including an Indian government scholarship for training in music.  He is a B-high graded artiste of the All India Radio.

Since moving to the US, Vinay has had the opportunity to perform with eminent India- and US-based artistes in leading sabhas across the country. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate with Boston based World Jazz groups ‘Natraj’ and ‘Bangalore.’ Vinay has a PhD in economics and lives and works in the Boston area.

Sriram Natarajan

Sriram is a versatile artiste and collaborative world musician specializing in the classical South Indian instruments Mridangam (barrel drum) and Kanjira (Frame Drum). 

Sriram started training on the Mridangam at the age of 9, under the veteran Guru Sri K V Maniappan in Mumbai, India.  Sriram has had advanced training from the Late maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Sri Palghat Raghu.  He is presently under the able tutelage and guidance of Tanjavur Sri Murugaboopathi.  His style of accompaniment is very adaptive to both vocal and instrumental music.
Sriram regularly accompanies renowned and upcoming artistes in India during the December music season in Chennai, India. In the US and has performed at several prestigious venues in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Connecticut, Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and across the state of Minnesota.

Sriram is a resident of Excelsior MN, teaches students across the midwest, and is the founder of the Layyasaaram Institute of Indian Arts, a Twin Cities based non-profit organization.

Ravi Balasubramanian

Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian is the most sought-after Ghatam artiste in North America and is known for his energetic and sensitive accompaniment and solos. With over five hundred concerts, Ravi has extensive experience in Carnatic percussion, including performing on the Ghatam at top musical institutions such as the Chennai Music Academy and the Cleveland Aradhana for over sixteen years. He received the title Yuva Kala Bharathi in 2003 from Bharat Kalachar, a music organization in Chennai, for excellence and dedication in the art of Ghatam. Ravi has expanded the envelope of using the Ghatam in music, when he presented a “GhataTarang” concert with seven Ghatams as the lead melody and percussion instrument for the first time outside India. Ravi has had the rare honor and experience of performing with leading artistes including Sangitha Kalanidhi vocalists, violinists, flautists, and mridangists in India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.

Ravi received his initial tutelage from Palghat Sri P. K. Sekar and Sangitha Kalanidhi Dr. T.K.Murthy and later pursued advanced training from Sri V.Suresh in Chennai, India. Ravi has given lecture-demonstrations on the Ghatam in the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham college in Pensylvania, and has been featured in several local and national media articles. He is also Guru to several students in USA, guiding them in the vast ocean of Indian percussion theory and performance. He recently published an article in Sruti magazine, India’s leading arts magazine, that was extremely well-received. Ravi received his doctorate in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

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About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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 IMSOM ’ s Fall 2017 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the Honeywell and UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St Paul). IMSOM, established in 1980, is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Minneapolis - St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities Metro Area.

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