Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brisbane Music Circle

Last weekend I participated in the inaugural event of Brisbane Music Circle, an Indian music social group fostering amateur Indian classical music. The event was free and well attended. This first event had a primarily Carnatic vocal focus (although concluded with my tabla solo), and future events will include more Hindustani music. The stage was set facing an altar with audience behind, puja-style, as some of the singers felt that they might be intimidated by an audience, but not by God.

Leena Palekar

Divyasri Shashidhar (accompanied by myself on tabla and Joseph Nand on harmonium)

Jayadevi Venugopal

Kamalakar Guntur

Shen Flindell (tabla solo) accompanied by Joseph Nand (harmonium)
The devotional setting inspired me to perform a rhythmic Ganesh vandana for the first time and also a piece inspired by the sound of Shiva's damaru.

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