Monday, August 10, 2015

Various concerts Nov 2014 - Jul 2015

It's been a while since my last round-up of past gigs, and I've got a big tabla school concert to post about so I'm catching up first. Here's what I've been up to since going to Varanasi last November...

DEC 2014

FEB 2015

MAR 2015

Bart Stenhouse (guitar), Shen Flindell (tabla), Shyan Kishore (bansuri)

APR 2015
  • Sat Apr 11 St Lucia: Rahim Zullah (vocal), Shen Flindell (tabla) - Private mehfil until late in the night. Everyone seemed to be happy with my ghazal accompaniment, which is a new thing for me.
  • Sat Apr 18 Banyo: Pt Shantanu Bhattacharya (vocal) with Shen Flindell (tabla) - A really memorable concert which was pulled together on short notice, thanks to Shantanu-da's student Inderpreet for bringing him, and to Swara Mohini association for hosting the concert. I really hope that he can come back regularly.

    Shen Flindell (tabla), Pt Shantanu Bhattacharyya (vocal), Rupam (tanpura), Manbir Singh (dilruba)

  • Sat Apr 25 Sth Maclean - Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School @ Selva Vinayagar Temple - After a traditional tabla lehra by Thejan and Sivamsan, my 3 senior students Tito, Sanjey and Jesinthan, along with myself and sitarist Anju Ketheeswaran presented an original arrangement for sitar and 4 tabla with parts of sitar solo and tabla lehera intertwined. It also included a special arrangement of complimentary kaydas on differently tuned tabla, creating an arpeggio effect, something I'm calling "kayda parivar" (kayda family).

MAY 2015

JUN 2015

  • Fri Jun 12 BEMAC: World Music Cafe with Feridun Avar and friends - An interesting gig organised by my good friend, Turkish musician Feridun Avar, in which we collaborated with kora player Lansana Camara. We presented a mix of solo, duo and trio pieces, largely improvised and well-received by the BEMAC audience.

  • Sat Jun 13 BEMAC: Spirit of Bhakti CD launch with Shai Shriki - A glorious success, as Spirit of Bhakti launched our new CD Open Door to a full house at BEMAC. Go and buy our CD now, it's fantastic.

    Spirit of Bhakti CD Launch: Marcello Milani (guest guitar), Shen Flindell (tabla), Rebecca Bornstein (vocals, guitar), Menaka Visvanathan Thomas and students (vocals), Shai Shriki (guest oud, vocals)
  • Sat Jun 20 Zillmere: Rahim Zullah and friends morning concert - attended by about 5 people, but fun.
  • Sat Jun 20 Tamborine: Nepal fundraiser featuring Tenzin Choegyal and Rafael Karlen (saxophone) - An unexpected invitation to join Tenzin and improvise with some amazing jazz musicians made for a pleasant night with some unexpected good luck. It was a really fun night which raised thousands for Nepal, and I met my old school friend Kara who offered to host a Spirit of Bhakti concert in August, which turned out to be a great success too.

JUL 2015

AUG 2015

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