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Corazón Performing Arts
125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, California 90290
Aditya Prakash was 15 years old when Ravi Shankar assured him that his talent and drive meant that music could be his vocation as well as an abiding passion. Prakash proved the legendary sitar master right. A dynamic collaboration of Indian classical, jazz with a little inspirational hip hop & funk mixed in!
Aditya Prakash Ensemble seamlessly weaves together Indian Ragas and folk melodies with jazz harmonic textures, and interlocks the complexity of Indian rhythmic patterns with hip hop infused beats. The dynamic brass, jazz, and funk sections highlight the powerful Indian classical vocals and violin. Creativity shines forth in their dynamic improvisation, unconventional arrangements and memorable compositions. With a repertoire of original songs that range from meditative chants to energetic dance songs to playful melodies, Aditya Prakash Ensemble is truly a one-of-a-kind musical experience.
Aditya Prakash was 15 years old when Ravi Shankar assured him that his talent and drive meant that music could be his vocation as well as an abiding passion. Prakash proved the legendary sitar master right, as the vocalist has spent the past decade expanding the frontiers of South Indian classical music, collaborating internationally with artists like sitar explorer/vocalist Anoushka Shankar, Bollywood film composer Salim Merchant and producer/composer Karsh Kale (with whom he performed at SFJazz last month).
He continues to work as a vocalist for hire in an array of settings, but his primary creative outlet is the genre-melding Aditya Prakash Ensemble, a group that grew out of his ethnomusicology studies at UCLA. Encompassing jazz musicians, hip-hop artists, new music performers and fellow Carnatic artists, the group plays its first major Bay Area concert April 19 at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage.
He’s earned ardent fans among some of his most adventurous colleagues, including Kale, the innovative Asian Underground musician who founded the Tabla Beat Science group.
“Aditya represents a new generation of musician,” Kale said in an email. “He has studied his traditional craft extensively but is not afraid to take that language and art form into uncharted territories.”
While his ensemble reflects his vision, “it works as a community effort,” says Prakash, 29. “I’ll bring an idea to a rehearsal, and everybody contributes their ideas.”
ENSEMBLE MUSICIANS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
SAT OCTOBER 14, 2017 $20 entrance fee
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