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April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
Internationally acclaimed sarod player Pandit Rajeev Taranath comes to the U.S. for a special performance
Born into a highly creative family from Bangalore, India, Pt. Taranath began studying music, song and poetry with his father at a very early age. As a teenager, he attended a concert featuring classical Indian music that would forever change his life and artistic path. Under the tutelage of great sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Taranath became dedicated to the sarod, the lyrical, deeply resonant relative of the lute. Today, nearly 40 years later, Taranath is considered one of India’s top classical instrumentalists and his performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of traditional Hindustani classical music with inspired imagination and emotional intensity. For this, Taranath has received wide acclaim, including the Indian Government’s highest honor for the classical performing arts, the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award.
Currently living in Mysore, India, Taranath travels worldwide both teaching and performing. Over his expansive career, his concerts have included performances at major Indian music venues and internationally at universities, conservatories and world music festivals. His performance of classical ragas -highly textured patterns of melody- offer the listener an understanding of the tremendous scope of traditional North Indian classical music. Arts writer for the New York Times, Edward Rothstein, said of Taranath’s performance: “Rajeev Taranath’s sarod improvisation
s mixed the spiritual and the spirited…the raga began with introspective meditation and proceeded into an exuberant rhythmic celebration.”
Taranath’s credentials as a researcher and educator are as impressive as his track record as an artist. A noted linguist and lover of language, he speaks eight languages fluently and holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Mysore. As a Ford Foundation scholar, he researched one of the most important lineages of classical Indian music, the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana. Additionally, from 1995-2005, Taranath served on the music faculty of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
“As someone who has had the honor of hosting Rajeev Taranath in concert several times, I cannot express how fortunate we are to be able hear this living master perform,” says Colorado College professor Jonathan Scott Lee. “Rajeev Taranath is not only one of the world’s top exponents of classical Indian music, he is also an artist who is constantly searching, refining and always doggedly pursuing excellence. He unfolds layers of the raga with the expertise that come with the magic of time and sustained attention and demonstrates to us how inspiration and depth of experience work together. This is a beautiful example for all of us, at any age. Clear your calendar, come to the performance and bring everyone you know.”
Rajeev Taranath connects us to a beautiful ethos in Indian classical music, in which achieved musicianship is the reflection of a profound and sustained love of the music and the instrument. The deep exploration of a raga through insistent riyaaz or practice over a lifetime and the value of learning and listening with humility is what propels the music forward. Eventually, an artist is ‘invited in’ by the raga so that IT becomes the performer. Taranathji is fond of a line from a poem by TS Eliot: “You are the music while it lasts”.
For more information on Pandit Rajeev Taranath, go to www.rajeevtaranath.com.
“Taranath’s sarod pulls heart strings… – Express, New Delhi
“luminous” – The Los Angeles Times
“profound musical skills” – Sydney Morning Herald “Rajeev Taranath’s sarod improvisations mixed the spiritual and the spirited…the raga began with introspective meditation and proceeded into an exuberant rhythmic celebration.” -New York Times
Joining Taranath on the tabla for this tour will be the brilliant percussionist Udayraj Karpur, a sought-after concert accompanist and soloist. Karpur began his tabla training with T. Gangadhar and Sheshadri Gawai . He then studied caricature at Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and eventually became a student of Suresh Talwalkar and Ravindra Yavagal .
He earned a Master’s degree in the Tabla at the University of Kharghar and won a gold medal. At festivals in India he performed with musicians such as Gangubai Hangal , Dinkar Kaikini , KG Ginde , Yeshwantbua Joshi and Rashid Khan . International tours have taken him to the USA, Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Dubai and China. He is a member of the Dutch World Music Group Bhedam , in the framework of Karnatic Lab Festival in Bimhuis in Amsterdam occurred. In 2002 and 2003 they toured in India, with the album Rickshaw Chase . With the Sarod player Rajeev Taranath , he recorded the album Reflections Around Noon .
In addition, Karpur was active as a film musician, appeared in state Indian television and private broadcasters such as AIR Dharwad , Star Plus and ETV . At the Mallya Aditi International School (MAIS) he taught in mathematics the mathematical background of Ragas and Talas in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music.