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Artist Profiles: T.A.S. Mani

Karnataka College of Percussion

T.A.S. Mani, the founder and president of Karnataka College of Percussion (KCP) is an internationally renowned teacher, performing percussionist (mridangam -classical drum) and composer.

He is responsible for putting KCP on the world map since 1975. He has accompanied leading musicians of Carnatic (south Indian) classical music, and has composed many pieces employing experimental rhythms. He also teaches at the Bangalore University, has written books on mridangam and is a member of the audition board of All India Radio.

He is also the founder and director of the percussion ensemble Tala Tarangini which is known worldwide.

Discography

Reise, with Embryo (Schneeball, 1979)
Sangam, with Charlie Mariano and Louis Banks (Eigelstein, 1981)
Jyothi, with Charlie Mariano (1983)
Life, with Embryo and Charlie Mariano (1980)
Germanistan, with Dissidenten (1982)
Germanistan Tour 83, with Dissidenten (1983)
The Jungle Book with Dissidenten (1984)
Shiva Ganga with Dr. Raghavendra (1995)
Blue Glass with C. Hinze (1997)
River Yanuma (Music of the World, 1999)
Bangalore Wild, with David Rothenberg (2000)
The Great Train Journey, with Dr. Ragavendra and Charlie Mariano (2002)
Om Keshav, with Charlie Mariano (2005)

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Artist Profiles: R.A. Ramamani

Karnataka College of Percussion

R.A. Ramamani, a vocalist of high standing, is Vice President of Karnataka College of Percussion. She sings with spontaneity and mastery over rhythm and melody, and specializes in vocal improvisation and the percussion language known as konnakkol. In addition to her work in Indian classical music, she has experimented with western music and has written several fusion compositions. She has performed in India and abroad with leading western musicians.

Discography

Reise, with Embryo (Schneeball, 1979)
Sangam, with Charlie Mariano and Louis Banks (Eigelstein, 1981)
Jyothi, with Charlie Mariano (1983)
Life, with Embryo and Charlie Mariano (1980)
Germanistan, with Dissidenten (1982)
Germanistan Tour 83, with Dissidenten (1983)
The Jungle Book with Dissidenten (1984)
Shiva Ganga with Dr. Raghavendra (1995)
Blue Glass with C. Hinze (1997)
River Yanuma (Music of the World, 1999)
Bangalore Wild, with David Rothenberg (2000)
The Great Train Journey, with Dr. Ragavendra and Charlie Mariano (2002)
Om Keshav, with Charlie Mariano (2005)

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Artist Profiles: Karnataka College of Percussion

Karnataka College of Percussion

For years, Karnataka College of Percussion (KCP), in Bangalore, India, has been training young musicians who are eager to learn various percussion instruments and vocal of South India. This College has trained a large number of students in India and from abroad since its inception. Many of them have obtained distinction in the State Board of Examinations and become professional musicians. As part of their curriculum, periodical programs are arranged to promote art and culture and encourage talented youngsters.

KCP is world famous for its vibrant percussion ensemble, Tala Tarangini’ (Waves of rhythm) and presentation of the best traditions of percussion and vocal of South India.

Mr. T.A.S. Mani is the director of the ensemble and Mrs. R.A. Ramamani is the lead vocalist of Tala Tarangini. Percussion instruments used are mridangam, double-headed drum; ghatam, clay pot; kanjira, tambourine and morsing, jewish harp and other folk percussion instruments. A special feature of this ensemble is konnakol, a traditional vocal percussion, which may sound at times like scat singing in jazz to western audiences.

Tala Tarangini combines an exuberant rhythmic drive with soaring ecstatic lyricism. Rhythmic cycles unfold in a spellbinding crescendo, releasing the increasingly technical virtuosity of each percussionist. KCP has performed in Asia, Australia, Europe and America, participated in International Percussion Festivals and made many acclaimed recordings. Many musicians world-wide from diverse musical cultures such as rock, jazz, classical and flamenco have performed with Mrs. R.A. Ramamani and ,Tala Tarangini’. KCP thus has been providing a stimulating bridge between East and West.

Both Mr. Mani and Mrs. Ramamani have trained students from India and abroad. They have been invited to perform in music-festivals and as soloists wit world-class musicians and offer workshops in different parts of the world. They arc senior artists of A India Radio and TV and have won many awards an accolades.

Around 1978 Ramamani and T.A.S. Mani, met percussionist Ramesh Shotham in Bangalore and, together with jazz pianist Louis banks from Bombay, they formed the first Indo-Jazz fusion group called ‘Sangam’.

In 1979 Karnataka College of Percussion and German band Embryo played together for the first time in the feature film Embryo’s Reise-Vagabundenkarawane.”

In 1980 a live record was released featuring Embryo, Charlie Mariano & Karnataka College of Percussion, titled Live in Germany (Schneeball Records). In 1981 Karnataka College of Percussion recorded the album Germanistan (Exil Records) together with German band Dissidenten, following a European tour with Charlie Mariano.

The live album Germanistan Live ’83 (Exil Records) was released in 1983. That same year, Sangam’s great success on European tours culminated in a much acclaimed performance at the 1983 Berlin Jazz Festival, with special guest Charlie Mariano. During the same year the groundbreaking ECM production ‘Jyothi’ featuring Mariano and the KCP was also released. Thus a new genre in the music scene came into existence.

After several albums and tours with outstanding European musicians, Karnataka College of Percussion met Mike Herting, who became so enthralled with this form of music, that he traveled to Bangalore, studying and exchanging ideas with Ramamani. The result was a unique project, a first time meeting of South Indian classical musicians with a big band! Arranged by Mike Herting, ‘Sketches of Bangalore’ performed by Karnataka College of Percussion/Mariano and the WDR Big Band became a landmark.

Around 2005 the group streamlined into a quintet featuring Ramamani-vocal, Charlie Mariano-saxophone, Mike Herting-keys, T.A.S. Mani-percussion and Ramesh Shotham-percussion. They now call themselves very simply, KCP 5! A brand new recording by this lineup was produced by Mike Herting in January 2006 in Bangalore. Titled ‘Many Ways’, it is to be released later this year. India Asia

Discography

Reise, with Embryo (Schneeball, 1979)
Sangam, with Charlie Mariano and Louis Banks (Eigelstein, 1981)
Jyothi, with Charlie Mariano (1983)
Life, with Embryo and Charlie Mariano (1980)
Germanistan, with Dissidenten (1982)
Germanistan Tour 83, with Dissidenten (1983)
The Jungle Book with Dissidenten (1984)
Shiva Ganga with Dr. Raghavendra (1995)
Blue Glass with C. Hinze (1997)
River Yanuma (Music of the World, 1999)
Bangalore Wild, with David Rothenberg (2000)
The Great Train Journey, with Dr. Ragavendra and Charlie Mariano (2002)
Om Keshav, with Charlie Mariano (2005)

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