It great to see something new and fresh, tabla meets beat boxing to give us tablaboxing.
Combining Carnatic, Hindustani, jazz, folk, electronic, and drum-n-bass, Vivek Rajagopalan’s music creates rippling sound scapes that are edgy as much as international; and if world music today is a melting pot of cultures & genres, then Vivek’s music is a drop of spicy red curry in the concoction.
Two hands and fathoms of music – that’s Vivek. Vivek befriended the Mridangam at the age of 9 under Guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar’s keen supervision and grew up listening to Late Palakkad S. Mani Iyer,the legendary mridangam player, Karaikudii Mani Iyer, and Trilok Gurtu.
In 1996, Dinshaw Sanjana took a young Mridangam player to the world at The International Jazz Festival – Thailand, which saw Vivek, just 17 years then, brace the stage alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the world.
Karsh’s Bi-weekly event Futureproof finds him pleasing the New York City underground with his DJ and live electric tabla sets. Indian classical, dub, drum and bass, jungle, reggae and ambient influences come together to create the Futureproof aesthetic. The event features a live band led by Kale, which has been recognized as one of the leading live drum and bass events in New York.
Shūnya (AKA Bal Singh) is an electronic producer and classically trained composer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an artist that is seamlessly weaving together his internal dichotomy of beat nerd and trained Indian classical musician to stirring effect.
Born into a musical family, it was Singh’s father – a professional tabla player and percussionist – that initiated his love for music, first through a steady stream of Indian classical records then, later, by putting his hands onto the tabla. Singh eventually travelled to Malaysia and India to study the more esoteric aspects of Indian classical music, studying the sitar with internationally renowned musician Samuel Dass and then, after being awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, working with India’s top sarangi player and living legend, Ustad Sabri Khan.
Wednesday 27 March 2013 – Sunday 21 April 2013
Alchemy is our annual festival of music, dance, literature, design and debate from India, the UK and South Asia. There are dazzling events for everyone including the mightySusheela Raman, Hariharan, Anoushka Shankar and circus and aerial performance from the Daksha Sheth Dance Company.
Luv Asia Radio is a 24 hour online radio station that broadcasts the very best in new and old Bollywood, Bhangra, Mainstream, Asian Urban, Ghazals, Golden Oldies, Sufi, Qawali’s and new talent.