Artist Profiles: Shankhachur Lahiri

Shankh Lahiri
Shankh Lahiri

Tabla performer Shankh Lahiri comes from a family with a strong tradition of Indian Classical Music and has fully devoted his life to this music. Son of the sitarist and Guru Shri Rabindranath Lahiri, he grew up in an environment imbued with the fragrance of Hindustani music.

As a child, Shankh Lahiri received intensive training in both vocal and tabla from his father and went on to graduate with a Sangeet Visharad in both subjects. Currently Shankh, as he is known in the fraternity, is the senior disciple of world-renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

He has accompanied and toured with many reputed and leading artists such as Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Arati Ankalikar, Nayan Ghosh (sitar), Pt. Mukul Shivputra, Shri Rakesh Chaurasia and many more.

Aside from his own performing career, Shankh teaches students in Florida through his own organization, Shruti School of Music and the non-profit Shruti Foundation in Tampa.

Shankh is a member of world fusion band WAHH.

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Artist Profiles: Venupuri Srinivas

Venupuri Srinivas
Venupuri Srinivas

M.R. Venupuri Srinivas started as a child prodigy, playing kanjira when he was only one year and eight months old, in Tirupathi. He gave his first concert in All India Radio when he was merely three years old.

Srinivas learned mridangam under legends Ramanathapuram C.S. Murugaboopathi and Trivandrum Mahadeva Iyer. He studied in Madras Music College under Thanjavur Srinivasan obtaining his master degree with distinction and a gold medal. He is an “A” grade artist from the Indian National Radio (All India Radio). He was honored with the respectable asthana vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

Venupuri Srinivas has accompanied renowned artists like M.S. Subbulakshmi, M.L. Vasanthakumari, Madurai Somasundaram, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Veenai Balachander, T.K. Govinda Rao, Maharajapuram Santhanam, T.N. Seshagopalan, Ravi Kiran, U. Srinivas, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Hydrabad Brothers, T.N. Krishnan, N. Ramani and many more acclaimed artists.

Srinivas is in a fusion group with Louis Banks, Shankar Mahadevan, and Shiva Mani. In addition to mridangam, he plays other percussion instruments such as kanjira, ghatam, thavil, tabla, dholak and western instruments. He also performs konnakol.

Srinivas lives in Tampa, Florida and directs an institution called Navarasa Academy of Performing Arts

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Artist Profiles: Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy
Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy is a multi-talented violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music. Trained in Carnatic (south Indian classical) music initially by the distinguished violinist Anantha Krishnan, and then later by the celebrated violin brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the most in-demand violinists in the United States.

Arun performs traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music as well as fusion music.

Arun has performed with leading Indian Classical artists such as Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Padmabushan Sudha Ragunathan, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Subhankar Banerjee and more.

Discography:

Jazz Carnatica (2014)

arunramamurthy.com

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Artist Profiles: Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee
Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee, born in Kolkata, is a sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana (school). He started his sitar training at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while at the same time receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since received training from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the renowned Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Abhik Mukherjee is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public concert was at the age of 9 at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. Since then, he has performed in ten countries on four continents.
Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

Discography:

Waves of Emotion
Brooklyn Raga Massive Compilation Vol 1
Liberation

Website: abhikmukherjee.com

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A Tribe Called Red releases “The Virus”Musuc Video

A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red

Powwow step pioneers A Tribe Called Red has released a music video for its single “The Virus.” The videoclip features poet Saul Williams and Canadian drum group Chippewa Travellers. The video includes footage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The science fiction video is situated in 2047 on “Turtle Island,” a traditional Iroquois earth creation story; where the sky woman fell to a water submerged earth. Animals attempted to rebuild land but the muskrat was the most successful of all; moving dirt from the seabed onto the back of a turtle, re-creating our land.

The video was directed by Tunkasila, produced by DAIS & Mad Ruk, and written by Sol Guy, Ezra Miller and A Tribe Called Red member Bear Witness.

“The Virus” comes from A Tribe Called Red’s latest album ‘We Are The Halluci Nation.’

Tour Dates:
Dec 03 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
Dec 06 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
Dec 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Dec 08 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Dec 09 -Toronto, ON – REBEL
Dec 14 – Kingston, ON – Stages Night Club
Dec 15 – Montreal, QC – Corona
Dec 16 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog

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Transfixing Estonian Fiddler Maarja Nuut to Perform at Play Circle in Madison

Maarja Nuut
Maarja Nuut

Fiddler Maarja Nuut is set to perform at Fredric March Play Circle Theater in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday February 4, 2016.

Maarja Nuut is a fiddler, vocalist and composer and singer from northern Estonia, who combines traditional folk music influences with electronics.

Her first solo album, “Soolo,” was released in 2013 and put her on the world music map in Europe. Since then, she has performed at numerous events and festivals across Europe, including the influential WOMEX international world music showcase and conference in Spain and Eurosonic Noordeslag.

Her second album was released on June 3rd 2016, titled “Une meeles.”

Maarja Nuut - Une Meeles
Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles

Tickets are available online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person.

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Dominican Merengue Inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

merengue musicians - Photo courtesy of Ministerio de Cultura de República Dominicana
merengue musicians – Photo courtesy of Ministerio de Cultura de República Dominicana

Today, November 30, 2016, UNESCO announced that Dominican merengue music and dance was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The merengue is considered part of the national identity of the Dominican Republic. It is present in people’s daily lives – from their education to social gatherings and celebrations, and even political campaigning.

In 2005, merengue was recognized by presidential decree with November 26 declared National Merengue Day. Merengue festivals are held in cities in the Dominican Republic like Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata every year.

Danced in couples, flirtatious gestures are used as participants move in circles to the rhythm of music played on instruments such as the accordion, drum and saxophone. It is a dance that is usually introduced to learners at an early age.

Knowledge and skills on the practice are transmitted through observation, participation and imitation. The merengue attracts people of different social classes, which helps to promote respect and coexistence among individuals, groups and communities.

The north of the country is considered to be the cradle of merengue with the area of influence extending to Puerto Rico, the United States of America and the Caribbean region.

The merengue is also popular in other Latin American countries such as Venezuela and Colombia where variations have emerged, and countries in Central America.

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Artist Profiles: Ismail Lumanovski

Ismail Lumanovski
Ismail Lumanovski

Ismail Lumanovski, well-known for his lively virtuosity, was born in Bitola, Macedonia and started playing the clarinet at age eight. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and China to critical acclaim. Lumanovski participated in the New York début of the Carter Clarinet Concerto with musicians from the New Juilliard Ensemble and the Lucerne Festival Academy with composer Pierre Boulez.

Throughout the years, Lumanovski has performed with many significant musicians and orchestras, including Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Palestine Youth Orchestra, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Marcel Khalife, Al Di Meola, and Husnu Senlendirici.

A skilled improviser and performer of Macedonian, Turkish and Gypsy music, he has toured with the New York Gypsy All-Stars and is also one of the founders of The Secret Trio.

Ismail Lumanovski is the winner of numerous competitions, including the 23rd, 24th and 25th Clarinet Competition of Macedonia, the Juilliard Clarinet Concerto Competition, the International Young Artist Competition in Bulgaria, the National Folk Music Competition in Macedonia and the Andreas Makris Clarinet Competition in Colorado.

Furthermore, Lumanovski received the “Fine Arts Award” twice at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and 1st prize at the Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music. He studied with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

Discography:

Soundscapes, with The Secret Trio (Traditional Crossroads, 2012)

Dromomania, with New York Gypsy All Stars (New York Gypsy All-Stars, 2015)

Three of Us, with The Secret Trio (Traditional Crossroads, 2015).

Website: www.ismaillumanovski.com

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Results of the 31st Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2016

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The winners of the 31st annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year were revealed November 25 by fRoots Editor Ian Anderson and presenter Kathryn Tickell during BBC Radio 3’s Word On 3 show.

Album of 2016

Shirley Collins – Lodestar (Domino)

Shirley Collins - Lodestar
Shirley Collins – Lodestar

 

Compilation, Re-issue or Historical Album

Various Artists – Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Stern’s)

Various Artists - Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics
Various Artists – Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics

 

Best Packaged Album

Various Artists – Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress, Recorded By Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust To Digital)

Various Artists - Music Of Morocco
Various Artists – Music Of Morocco

 

Editor’s Choice Album (for micro independent label releases only)

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood – Call Me Home (AP&D)

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Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music

Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music
Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music

The 19-minute documentary Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music is now available online. The inspiring film, directed by independent filmmaker Reed Rickert, follows music producer Daniel Masson, best known for his Buddha Bar compilations.

Masson has the objective of creating a cultural bridge between the Western and Arab worlds. He traveled to Morocco to record musicians for his latest electronic music album. As the film develops to the final live performance of the album at the Festival of Sacred Music of Fes, the question in Daniel’s mind remains: Will this new blend of music styles be accepted by the Moroccan audience as well as the Western audience?

Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music from Reed Rickert on Vimeo.

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