Thursday, October 10, 2013

Various concerts in August (no pics)

I had a few performances at Indian community events in August, plus a trip to Emerald (country Queensland) with Tenzin Choegyal. I didn't get any photos of any of them, but for the sake of completeness here's the wrap-up:

Sun Aug 4 - Brisbane Music Circle celebrates 200th birth year of Pt Swati Thirunal
Brisbane Music Circle organises events for amateur musicians, especially vocalists. This event featured 16 vocalists performing compositions by renowned South Indian composer Pt Swati Thirunal, who was born in 1813. I accompanied most of the performers including my lovely wife Yuki.

Sat Aug 10 - Indian Independence Day Cultural Dinner by India-Australia Society
At this event I accompanied young Carnatic vocalist Roshini Sriram and also presented a performance by three of my tabla students, Bipro, Rhea and Sivamsan.

Sat Aug 17 - Indian Independence Day Celebrations by ‘Shrishti’ Academy of Speech, Music and Drama
The first half of this event presented vocalists singing patriotic Indian songs in a whole range of Indian languages. I accompanied Roshini Sriram and also Yuki who sang a song in Marathi, "Jayathi Jayathi Bharata Mata". The second half of the event consisted of various dance and drama performances.

Sat Aug 24 - Central Highlands Multicultural Festival (Emerald)
Tenzin Choegyal invited me to join him for this lovely festival in Emerald, 900km from Brisbane. On the day before the festival we had a workshop with some kids at the Emerald State School. We taught them one of Tenzin's songs, "Heart Sutra", plus an introductory vocalisation of the Indian rhythm "keherva". This song with the kids became the finale of our set at the festival. We were joined at the festival by our friend Nicholas Ng on erhu, and also enjoyed the performance of fellow Brisbanites Bart Stenhouse (guitar), Ravi Singh (tabla) and friends and their Indo-jazz group "Kashi Nath".

No comments: