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World Music: From Bhopal in the East to Switzerland in the West

February 10, 2017

World Music: From Bhopal in the East to Switzerland in the West

As part of the 15th East West Music and Dance Encounter 2017, The Bangalore School of Music is proud to present `World Music’, its East-West representation featuring Smita Nagdev on sitar and Adarsh Shenoy on tabla, followed by the AION Quartet, consisting of Christian Berger on Oud (Arabic Lute), Guitar and also the band’s Composer, Michael Gassman on the Flugelhorn, (taken from German, meaning ‘wing horn’, this is a brass instrument pitched in B♭, and resembles a trumpet, but has a wider, conical bore) Dusan Prusak playing Fretless – Acoustic Bass and Dominic Doppler playing Drums.

Playing for the past fifteen years, the quartet’s music plays with contrasts between Orient and Occident, between chamber music and jazz. Intervening spaces are explored and the expressive emotional is merged with the joy of improvising. The sound goes deep, is groovy, jazzy, wide, and multi-coloured.

About Smita Nagdev
smita-nagdevBorn on March 21, Smita Nagdev. the daughter of well-known artist, Shri Sachida Nagdev, started learning the Sitar at the age of four under the ‘Guru-Shishya’ tradition from Late Shri Vasudeo Rao Ashtewale, a traditional Sitar player from the well-known ‘Ashtewale Gharana’ of Ujjain and became ‘Gandabandha Shagird’ (disciple) of Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in 1997. During the course of her musical career, Smita has traveled extensively the world, having been invited to perform at prestigious Cultural and Musical Festivals in France, Belgium, Switzerland, China, Singapore, the U.S., Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and numerous other countries. In India, Smita has performed at ‘Tansen Sangeet Samaroh’,Gwalior, India International Centre, New Delhi, National Centre for Performing Arts Bombay, Parampara Festival, Khajuraho, Azad Bhavan, ICCR, Sangeet Natak Akademi, and India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, to name just a few. Smita is also a Masters Programme scholar in Ancient Indian History as well as Music. She has received many highly-coveted awards for musicians.

About Adarsh Shenoy
adarsh-shenoyAdarsh started his training in Tabla at the tender age of 8 under Sri Nagaraj Rao Gaikwad, who built in him a strong foundation of the basics of the Delhi and Ajrada Gharanas. Later he undertook training in the Faroukhabad style under Pandit Rajgopal Kallurkar from the year 1999. At present he is receiving advanced lessons from Pt. Yogesh Samsi of Mumbai. Adarsh was fortunate to be born in a music loving family to Sri Satish and Smt. Shwetha Shenoy, who took immense interest in grounding into him the importance of music at a very early age. Adarsh’s musical inclination was further strengthened by his elder brother Sri Abhijith Shenoy who is a very able Hindustani Classical Vocalist. Adarsh constantly accompanies his brother in all his concerts and the duo have given over 500 concerts together and carved a niche for them in the Hindustani Music Circuit.
Adarsh entered the concert arena at a very young age and has been the preferred choice for many vocalists and instrumentalists. He was one of the youngest Tabla players to be awarded with a B-High grade by the All India Radio, Bangalore at the age of 18. He has given many programs on the Radio and TV. Adarsh is also a recipient of many scholarships like the CCRT scholarship from the Govt. of India, scholarship from the State govt. of Karnataka and the Sursagar Scholarship

Adarsh has completed his Vidwath exam in Tabla from the Karnataka State Board and Sangeet Alankar from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal of Maharashtra, all in high distinction. He is currently pursuing another Music course under the Khairagarh University. He was recently awarded All India 2nd Rank in his Sangeet Alankar exam.

Adarsh’s keen interest in innovation led him to foray into the fields of carnatic music and fusion music as well. He is currently undertaking training in the Carnatic talaa system under Vidwan Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, a very senior and respected Mridangam Artist from Bangalore. Adarsh is now a regular performer in various Taala vaadyas and ensembles and has been part of various groups like Laya Lahari, Layatharanga, Indo Canadian Band Lehera, Mangal Dhwani, RARE, Nandi Taala Vaadya, Karnataka School of Percussion etc to name a few. He has also successfully ventured into Fusion music and is the Founder member of a classical instrumental fusion band called Vidyouth, which comprises of young musicians from the Hindustani, Carnatic and Western forms of Music. He is part of fusion bands like The Prakash Sontakke Group, The Karthik Mani Group and others.

In addition, he has played alongside western musicians like Mike Herting, Mathias Shriefel & Peter Kroll Ploeger and some jazz and rock musicians like Amit Heri, Keith Peters, Bruce Lee Mani, Darshan Doshi, Manoj George & Rhzude in fusion shows.

About Professor Christian Berger
Professor Christian Berger (1963) is a Swiss musician and composer. He studied classical guitar and developed his profile further with his studies of the Arabic lute, the oud, in the musical worlds between world music, jazz, and chamber music. Since 2000, he is the musical director of AION Quartet, with whom he has realized several CD recordings. His compositional work spans from compositions for the AION Quartet to theatre music and arrangements for various ensembles. Since 1998, he works at the Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland), where he is head of the Master’s Program for Elementary Music Education.


Tickets for the concert are priced at Rs 200 and can be bought on or at the BSM (080-41285017/080-23536090: Monday through Saturday, 11:00am to 7:00pm)

The Concert will be held at on Friday | 11th February 2017 7:00pm

Aruna Sunderlal Auditorium
The Bangalore School of Music
8 HMT/ HBCS Layout
CBI Main Road
R.T Nagar,
Bangalore 560032

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