About the Concert
Indian. American. Diaspora. Foreign. Race. Sexuality. Gender. The world often tries to define us by titles and definitions, neatly categorizing a human being into a checklist of “I am this or that.” However, Carnatic music in and of itself defies this categorization. The simple aspect of the gammaka that makes Carnatic music so unique – has a wide range of movement and how it is employed and executed is completely up to the manodharma and judgement of the musician. Even the note of a carnatic sound defies exacting definition. Further delve into this with these three musicians in particular: born in the US, trained in a variety of styles and experimenting within different musical spaces, we create a concert of a unique, undefinable sound based in the principles of Indian classical music.
The Quarantine Effect
Aditya Prakash never realized how much motivation performance has towards practice. He’s struggled between moments of extreme motivation and stale, uninspired moments. How to keep motivated is a question he has often asked himself in the last few months of lockdown. While the magic of music is never quite right to him over screen, he eagerly looks forward to sharing music with others again:
“Making music with other human beings is something we all take for granted. It is such a blessing to connect and share the energy of music with another musician or co-artist. This connection opens up uncharted venues for improvisation, sparks of creativity and fresh new ideas. Without this interaction, sometimes things feel stale. Sharing music with an audience is also something I miss terribly. The way the sound fills your ears in the space, the visual magic and physical sensation your body undergoes when you’re in a space charged with the vibrations of music can never be replicated digitally. I miss that experience, greatly.” – Aditya Prakash