Residency with the Berlin Trio
Kunste Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin Germany
Shirish Korde and TRIO BERLIN (Petra Woisetschläger, Udo Betz, Jos Rinck)
Occupy Music – Expanded Interpretation
The objective of the course is to take away classically educated musicians’ fear of improvising and free play, and to enable them through the means of “expanded interpretation” to employ improvisation and creativity in the treatment of musical material. Composers will be introduced to possibilities for incorporating non-European instruments and styles.
For more info visit summer-university.udk-berlin.de
Ragas, Bach and Wuwei
April 15, 8pm
College of the Holy Cross, Brooks Concert Hall
"Ragas, Bach and Wuwei" features music for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach and Holy Cross composer Shirish Korde, and a performance by cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws. The concert will be followed by a panel discussion with Korde, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, and renowned guest speaker Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies at University of British Columbia and author of "Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity.” Co-sponsored by the departments of Music, Philosophy, and Asian Studies, and Arts Transcending Borders.
Questions for the Moon
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8pm
College of the Holy Cross, Brooks Concert Hall
QUESTIONS FOR THE MOON, a multi-media song cycle is a collaboration between composer Shirish Korde and historian, Karen Turner. Inspired by stories of the many North Vietnamese women who answered Ho Chi Minh's call in 1965 for youth volunteers to fight American forces, this music-theater work is a mediation on the boundaries crossed and the potent forces unleashed in wartime.
Texts and images for QUESTIONS FOR THE MOON are drawn from Karen Turner's documentary: Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and 18th Century Vietnamese poet Ho Xuan Huong. The world music infused score by Shirish Korde will feature Vietnamese performer/composer Van-Anh Vo, Wu-Tong, a dramatic vocalist and performer who is a featured soloist with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and the dramatic lyric soprano Sonja Tegbland plus a chamber ensemble of five musicians.
Video projections for this production are based on archival footage from Karen Turner's documentary film Hidden Warriors, and designed especially for this production by internationally renowned visual artist Raphael Shirley.
Co-sponsored with the Department of Music and Asian Studies Program
Svara Yantra (violin concerto) performed by Marcia Liebow with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
November 4, 2015, 7:30 pm
Marcia Henry Liebenow, violinist, with Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Shirish Korde: Svara Yantra
Concerto for Violin, Tabla, and Orchestra
Svara-Yantra, a Concerto for Violin, Tabla and Orchestra, by Shirish Korde, offered the audience a cross-cultural musical experience. While scored for the modern, or "western," symphony orchestra, the concerto incorporates traditional elements of Indian music as well. These elements include the use of Indian ragas, which are melodic modes, or patterns, and the addition of the Tabla, an Indian drum, as a solo instrument.
The music can best be described as mesmerizing. At times, the orchestra would provide colorful harmonic support, approaching minimalism. At others, striking melodic imitation of the vibrant lines heard in the solo violin, as demonstrated in the final movement, [Joy].
I found Korde's orchestration to be particularly successful, especially the use of a chamber wind section, only one player representing an instrumental section and the addition of mallet percussion. This voicing allowed him to create subtle yet effective colors and sound columns, while allowing the solo voices to continually come to the fore.
James Chaudoir, Post Crescent [Read the full article]
Master Series Third Thursday at the Worcester Art Museum
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6pm
Enjoy an art talk related one of the featured Master Series artists, plus music, cash bar, cheese and crackers - and the company of other art enthusiasts! Free with Museum admission. Featured artist: Yoshitoshi.
Composer Shirish Korde will speak about the different types of historical Japanese flutes. Flutist Alice Jones will perform three musical pieces, including Korde's famed The Tenderness of Cranes.
For more info visit worcesterart.org
World Premiere - New work for Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Shastra Festival 2015
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
This incredible day will feature the music of Shirish Korde, Michael Harrison, Rajna Swaminathan, Shawn Mativetsky, and many others.
Set 2: 6-8pm
Shirish Korde, composer: Lalit
Michael Harrison, composer: Jaunpuri
Robert Morris, composer: Varnum
Aakash Mittal's Awaz Trio (Aakash Mittal, Rajna Swaminathan, Rez Abbasi)
Shastra is the central hub of innovative, cross-cultural music that connects the great musical traditions of India and the West. Each of Shastra's musicians works in the spaces between Indian and Western music, and has developed a unique musical voice, informed by both cultures. Through performances, festivals, commissioning projects and educational initiatives, Shastra showcases and supports Indian/Western crossover music - we are a nexus for musicians to share their artistry and bring this music to the world.
For more info visit shastramusic.com
For more info visit lepoissonrouge.com
Kala-Chakra: World Premiere
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8pm
Longy School of Music, Cambridge
and Monday April 13, 2015, 8pm
Brooks Concert Hall, College of the Holy Cross
Featuring guest soloists Gitanjali Mathur, soprano;
Wu Tong, sheng and vocalist;
Sandeep Das, tabla
Chou Wen-chung: Ode to the Eternal Pine
Franco Donatoni: Arpege
Sebastian Currier: Whispers
For more info visit bmv.org
Lalit for Flute and Tabla Midwest Premiere
Saturday, November 01, 2014, 7:30pm
Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Mirror of Enlightenment: Music and Dance from India
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago
The Midwest Premiere of Shirish Korde's Lalit, a duet for flute and tabla featuring Kalyan Pathak and Mary Stolper.
For more info visit fulcrumpoint.org
duoJalal performing Joy at UMASS Amherst
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
Spoken poetry by 13th century poet/mystic Jalal a-din Rumi & commissions for the Rumi Experience by Evan Ziporyn: Honey from Alast & Lev Zhurbin: Shadow & Light, plus works by Zhao Jiping: Summer in the High Grassland, Shirish Korde: Joy, Somei Satoh: Birds in Warped Time III & Hafez Nazeri: Eternal Return
For more info visit umass.edu
Composers Now Festival
Friday, January 30, 2015
the cell, the 21st Century artist salon on West 23rd Street in Manhattan
The evening @ the cell is hosted by Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, and features Shirish Korde's Lalit - Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello; Jonathan Hess, vibraphone; Amit Kavthekar, tabla.
For more info visit composersnow.org
Queens College New Music Ensemble with Shirish Korde
Tuesday, February 10, at 7:30 pm
Queens College, Lefrak Concert Hall
The Queens College New Music Ensemble presents an evening of new works including Songs from Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen by Shirish Korde.
For more info about the performance visit composersnow.org
For more info about the opera visit thebanditqueen.com
CD Release Party
co-sponsored by the Indo-American Arts Council & Da Capo Chamber Players
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm
Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street
Enjoy live performances of works on the CDs including excerpts from Phoolan Devi - The Bandit Queen with Deepti Navaratna, soprano; Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello; Amit Kavthekar, tabla; Jonathan Hess, percussion
Meet the composer and members of the creative team for the multi-media chamber opera
RSVP required due to space limitations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Video preview: Deepti Navaratna performs Ka with Amit Kavthekar
Further information: www.thebanditqueen.com
"Shirish succeeds with an astounding release... thought-provoking... haunting" - Inside World Music
"creative sounds and visions... wondrously mysterious" - Jazz Weekly
"...an immediate pleasure to listen to. Steeped in Vedic and Carnatic word-play, Ka playfully negotiates what is apparently a fine line between common and divine, between classical and folk, between speech and music, and - perhaps most impressively - between Eastern and Western music." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
"...beautifully wrought... deep compositional complexity... entrancing" - AcousticMusic.com
Friday May 9, 2014 8pm
Flutist LAURA FALZON and Violist EDMUNDO RAMIREZ perform solo works and duets for flute, viola & electronics by Nickos Harizanos (US & NY Premiere) Carlos Castro (World Premiere) John Glover & Shirish Korde at NYSound Circuit The DiMenna Center for Classical Music...
Anusvara, for amplified Bass flute and tanpura, by Shirish Korde, translates from Sanskrit to "After Sound”. The piece is an alap, a deep meditation on the "after sound" of Rag Pilu. The melody, a cantus firmus, is a complex arch-like design, loosely based on Pilu, incorporating extended flute techniques.
Learn more at nysoundcircuit
Tagore | Reflexe
28.09.2013 18:00 Uhr
Indiens Nationaldichter erhielt im November vor einhundert Jahren den Literaturnobelpreis. Rabindranath Tagore war ein universales Genie, was sich in seinem Wirken als Dichter und Philosoph, Maler, Pädagoge, Politiker, Schauspieler und Tänzer, Komponist und Musiker äußerte. Neun große Weltreisen unternahm er. Dabei traf er führende Denker seiner Zeit. Sein Name steht für Völkerverständigung, für eine Synthese der positiven Elemente östlichen und westlichen Denkens, die das europäische Geistesleben beeinflusst hat. Sowohl der Bundesverband als auch der Kieler Zweig der Deutsch-Indischen Gesellschaft feiern in diesem Jahr selbst runde Jubiläen. Aus diesem Anlass entstand der Wunsch nach einem Konzerterlebnis der Extraklasse, bei dem Tagores Lieder, Lyrik und Prosa durch ein international besetztes Ensemble hinterfragt und neu interpretiert werden. Mit dem European Music Project gelang es chiffren, ein weltweit bekanntes Ensemble nach Kiel zu holen, das nicht nur über ein weites Repertoire zeitgenössischer Musik verfügt, sondern immer schon Musik außereuropäischer Kulturen einbezogen hat. Das Musikprogramm für diesen Abend in der Landesbibliothek entstand exklusiv und in Abstimmung mit chiffren.
Learn more: www.chiffren.de
Svara-Kanti – Anusvara-Fourth Prism
The new Svara-Kanti lineup recently premiered major commissions by legendary American pioneer Terry Riley, British intercultural master Nigel Osborne, Indian-American composer Shirish Korde and Simon Thacker at the London Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival. This programme will now tour the UK throughout the year, before being recorded for CD release later in the year.
Tour information: simonthacker.com
Video: Svara-Kanti Promo
Kushell Visiting Artist
Bucknell University Department of Music
Commissioned to write a new collaborative work work for Fitzwilliam String Quartet and the Bucknell Gamelan Ensemble.
Premiere February 2013
KA at Symphony Space, New York
The Music of Now Marathon
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4pm-12am
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Kicking off the fourth annual citywide Composers Now Festival (under the leadership of composer Tania León) is Symphony Space's genre-busting music marathon, curated by Symphony Space Artistic Director, composer Laura Kaminsky, and hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight. From electronic experimentation to post-minimalism, to spectralist sonorities to Latin jazz, the marathon brings the broadest range of new music by today's emerging and established composers and composer-performers to the stage.
Link: More info at symphonyspace.com
Svara-Yantra - Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, January 25, 26, 28, 2012, 2pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 5
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Robin Scott, violin
Samir Chatterjee, tabla
Svara-Yantra – US Premiere Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Ben Zander, gave the U.S. premiere of Svara-Yantra, a concerto for violin, tabla, and orchestra on October 17th (Mechanics Hall, Worcester), October 18th (Sanders Theater, Cambridge), October 20th (Jordan Hall, Boston) , and October 21st (Sanders Theater, Cambridge) 2007. Svara-Yantra featured the virtuoso violinist Joanna Kurkowicz (joannakurkowicz.com) and tabla master Samir Chatterjee (tabla.org).
“Svara-Yantra stole the show… a terrific piece in which the tradtional symphony is dropped into the middle of the subcontinent, exploding with color.”
-Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
“The standing ovation at the end of the piece continued until Korde himself was forced to come to the front and acknowledge the cheering.”
-John Zeugner, Worcester Telegram
“Svara-Yantra, a fabulous creation…certainly stole the show for the evening.“
-Ranjani Saigal, Lokvani
“We have an amazing opening planned for next season. The orchestra is giving the American premiere of Svara-Yantra, a dazzling violin concerto by local composer Shirish Korde that combines elements of Western music with instrumental techniques, rhythms, and scales peculiar to the music of India. It was composed especially for our beloved concertmistress Joanna Kurkowicz, who has performed it in Europe and Asia. It is enthralling—I’m completely in love with it and I know everyone who hears it in October will be spellbound.”
-Benjamin Zander, Music Director and Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hear: Extended version of the third movement Joy
Phoolan Devi: the Bandit Queen
This contemporary multi-media opera by Shirish Korde, dramatizes the life of Phoolan Devi, a fascinating and controversial figure whose turbulent life story exemplifies the violent tension between traditional values and modern notions of social justice. Korde has collaborated with director Lynn Kremer to create a multifaceted portrait of this controversial figure.
A worksop performance of the opera was performed at College of the Holy Cross on April 15, 16, and 17 and Tsai Center in Boston on April 23 and 24, 2010 under the direction of Richard Pittman and Boston Musica Viva. It featured soloists Zorana Sadiq as Phoolan Devi, and Elizabeth Keusch, as well as other internationally renowned artists.
"With its soaring operatic vocal lines against dense, glittering harmonic masses in the six instruments provided the evening's most satisfying performances."- Boston Globe
"Shirish Korde's brilliant multi-media chamber opera is a work of art but also succeeds in creating new sights and sounds by blending Eastern and Western music and Dance. Overall the effort was amazing. The story of Phoolan requires the hands of a master...with so many elements in the opera, creating a seamless presentation that leaves the audience asking for more...kudos to Korde for this brilliant work"
- Ranjani Saigal, Lokvani.
View the Phoolan Devi: the Bandit Queen trailer:
KA – World Premiere, Boston Musica Viva
Friday, April 27, 2012, 8pm
Tsai Performance Center, Boston
Carnatic soprano Deepti Navaratna joins Boston Musica Viva for the world premiere of KA. Shirish Korde’s new song cycle inventively pairs Eastern and Western musical influences in an unusual scoring of Carnatic soprano, tabla (Amit Kavthekar), sitar (Chirag Katti), flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello. KA marks Korde’s seventh collaboration with Boston Musica Viva. In 2010, BMV premiered his full-length opera Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen to great acclaim.
“Korde’s work is supremely complicated to hear, perform, and to understand, yet an immediate pleasure to listen to”
“Ka playfully negotiates what is apparently a fine line between common and divine, classical and folk, between speech and music and-perhaps, most impressively-between Eastern and Western Music…creates something new and exciting” – The Boston Intellegencer
Hear: Excerpts from KA
Read: The Boston Intellegencer review
Nesting Cranes – Chicago Symphony Strings
Chicago Symphony Orchestra MUSIC NOW
Nesting Cranes for flute and string orchestra performed by Jennifer Gunn (flute) and Chicago Symphony Strings. Ludovic Morlot, Conductor
Hear: A sample from Nesting Cranes
Concert of Recent Works
Presented by: The Fischer Institute, Nichols College
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2pm
First Congregational Church of Dudley, 135 Center Road, Dudley, MA
Concert of Recent Works by Composer Shirish Korde – Meet the composer and hear works featuring soprano Deepti Navaratna, cellist Jan Müller-Szerwas and tabla-maestro Amit Kavthekar. Concert followed by a reception in the church hall. In collaboration with the church’s Arts Council. All are welcome.
Artist Fellowship – Mass Cultural Council
Shirish Korde was awarded his fourth Artist Fellowship by The Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded Holy Cross professor Shirish Korde, composer of the multimedia chamber opera Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen an unrestricted grant. Korde was one of only 15 out of 416 eligible applicants across the state awarded the highest honor bestowed upon any artist by the Cultural Council. Four of those 15 are composers.
See Notable names from the History of The Artist Fellowship Program
More info at Mass Cultural Council
Concert at The Currier Museum of Art
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6pm
The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
A concert in celebration of Diluvial by Boston-based artist Cristi Rinklin. The program included Anusvara – 5th Prism, Lalit and KA. Featured performers included Deepti Navaratna, soprano; Jan Müller-Szerwas, cello; Amit Kavthekar, tabla; Robert Schulz, percussion; and Jeremy Flower, laptop.
Video: Shirish Korde’s Lalit at Currier Museum of Art
Video: Shirish Korde’s KA
Nada-Ananda, Guitar Concerto CD Released
Nada-Ananda, Concerto for guitar and ensemble in three movements
Simon Thacker, classical guitar
Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth, Carnatic South Indian violin
Sarvar Sabri, tabla
The Edinburgh Quartet (Tristan Gurney, violin; Philip Burrin, violin; Michael Beeston, viola; Mark Bailey, cello)
Mario Lima Caribé da Rocha, double bass
Iain Sandilands, percussion
“…an exuberant virtuoso display of rhythmic complexity. Nada Ananda means joy of sound, an idea Korde captured in his music.” -The Guardian
Link: Learn more at cduniverse.com
Link: Learn more at simonthacker.com
Duo Jalal Perform "Joy" at San Antonio Festival
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 3pm
San Antonio College
San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Around the World Festival features one-of-a-kind, multicultural performances by the finest classical, jazz, and folk musicians and performing artists from around the globe.
The Main Stage concert series opens in October 2012 with “Fusion of the Worlds,” featuring Duo Jalal and Cristina Pato of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.
Tickets and more information available at musicalbridges.org
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 4pm
Brooklyn Public Library
BPL Chamber Players fifth season. Free admission.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 8pm
Brooks Hall, Holy Cross College
Concert of recent music performed by Duo Jalal – Kathryn Lockwood, viola, and Yousif Sheronick, percussion, including Shirish Korde’s Joy adapted for viola and percussion.
Video: Listen to Duo Jalal
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J.S. Bach and Evening Ragas
Brooks Concert Hall Holy Cross College, 8pm
Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy Andover, MA, 7:30pm
Boston Musica Viva Benefit Concert Boston, MA, 8pm
Program will feature 2 new chamber works by composer Shirish Korde, Anusvara (5th Prism) and Lalit. Korde’s music is new, yet rooted in Indian classical music and features 3 internationally acclaimed musicians: the extraorinarily gifted Carnatic soprano— Deepti Navaratna, the Chilean virtuoso cellist— Jan Müller-Szeraws and master tabla player— Amit Kavthekar, who come together in this exciting, new collaboration in world music.
The program will be framed by two iconic masterworks of J.S. Bach—the unaccompanied cello suites in G major and C minor.
Video: Shirish Korde’s Anusvara performed at Phillips Academy Andover, MA