Raga and Rhythym


A new music group named vidyA merges Carnatic music and jazz into a singular listening experience. Playing tonight and through May as Artist-in-Residence at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, vidyA has been selected by The SF Chronicle for its Bay Area jazz recommendations for 2007. The sound is a unique combination of jazz soul and raga melody.

VidyA brings together a number of distinctive backgrounds and talents. Saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan, who released his album “Duality” in 2004, leads the Carnatic Jazz ensemble. Gautam Tejas Ganeshan plays violin. He is founder/director of the Sangati Center for South Asian music and arts. Sameer Gupta on drums and David Ewell on string bass have played with a number of acclaimed jazz musicians in improvisational ensembles The Supplicants and Marc Cary’s Focus Trio.

Tonight’s performance (6:30pm, suggested donation $10) features an interactive Q & A session, where the musicians will answer questions about merging musical styles, exploring improvisational strategies, influences and compositional approach.

“Ascent” (mp3) (video)

March 4, 2007
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