Svara-Yantra performance by
Peoria Symphony Orchestra
March 13, 2012, 8pm
Peoria Civic Center Theater
George Stelluto, conductor
Marcia Henry Liebenow, violin
Manpreet Bedi, tabla
Read: Peoria Journal Star article
a concerto for guitar and ensemble
Commissioned by the UK based Classical Guitarist Simon Thacker and the Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust, Nada-Ananda received ten performances in Scotland and England in November 2009. This work, along with a new work by Nigel Osborne performed by Thacker’s Nava Rasa Ensemble, was received enthusiastically by audiences and the press.
Rowena Smith of the Guardian wrote: “Nada-Ananda is an exuberant virtuoso display of rhythmic complexity. Nada-Ananda means “the joy of sound” an idea already captured in his music.”
Georgina Coburn of the Scotsman wrote: “Nada-Ananda, a concerto for guitar and chamber ensemble, was the perfect conclusion to the program, shimmering with brilliance and interval and circular melody. A joyful dance and a celebration of life through music.”
Video: Simon Thacker’s unique nine piece East/West group The Nava Rasa Ensemble perform excerpts from each of the three movements of Indian composer Shirish Korde’s Nada Ananda, concerto for guitar and chamber ensemble.
Zhikr-Songs Of Longing
Zhikr, commissioned by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble for Soprano, String Trio, Flute, Harp, Percussion, and Tabla, based on texts from several mystical traditions, was premiered in May 2009 at the Goethe Institute.
David Weininger of the Boston Globe wrote: “it integrates Eastern and Western traditions in a thoughtful and substantial way…the strings, flute, and percussion form a lush background for the soprano’s part which ranges through a variety of vocal styles drawn principally from Indian Classical Music. Two interludes for the Tabla, played by Aditya Kalyanpun were among the pieces most memorable moments. Elizabeth Keusch was the outstanding soprano.”
Anusvara: 2nd Prism for Cello and Chamber Ensemble
The premiere of Anusvara: 2nd Prism for Cello and Chamber Ensemble was performed by Boston Musica Viva (bmv.org), Jan Müller-Szerwas, Cello at Brooks Concert Hall, Holy Cross College on April 2, 2009
Lalit, a duo for Flute/Alto Flute and Tabla, commissioned by new music virtuoso Patricia Spencer and Tabla maestro Samir Chatterjee, was premiered at the National Flute Convention in New York in August 2009. The 25 minute piece which is based on Rag Lalit was featured on the gala concert and received with enthusiasm.
Cranes Dancing for Violin and String Quartet
Cranes Dancing for Violin and String Quartet will be performed by the Xantos Ensemble at Morse Auditorium at Boston University on April 30, 2009.
Three Songs from Rasa: Ensemble Phorminx
Carola Schleutter and the Ensemble Phorminx gave several performances of this work in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Darmstadt in the 2007-8 season.
In the fall of 2008, virtuoso flutist, Orlando Cela, premiered the new work for bass flute (doubling on alto flute) at the College of the Holy Cross. Laura Falzon gave the New york City premiere of the same piece .(version for C flute) at Columbia University in the fall of 2009.
Columbia University Music Panel
Conversations Across Cultures
SOUTH ASIAN IMAGINARIES
Art, Film and Music from South Asia
Symposium, exhibition & concert.
October 31— November 1, 2008
This symposium is a great opportunity for students and educators who are interested in learning, discussing and appreciating, as well as enjoying the colors, forms and sounds of South Asia: a region that includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and nearby regions. The audience will engage with a range of contemporary works of art, film and music from the region through presentations, discussion panels, a concert and an exhibition. Eminent artists, film makers and composers will be invited to speak and present their work.
More info at columbia.edu
Songs of Ecstasy: Boston Musica Viva Premiere
On May 2nd, 2008, the Boston Musica Viva (bmv.org) gave the world premiere of Songs of Ecstasy featuring Zorana Sadiq, soprano, chamber ensemble and Indian classical dancer, Wendy Jehlen, at Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. This cycle of songs is based on the mystical poetry of Kabir, Rabia, Faiz, and St. Cecilia of Sienna. Zorana Sadiq also premiered his collection of songs: Ghazals in the Music Toronto on February 14th in Toronto, Canada. The song cycle was commissioned by the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions.
“Soaring operatic vocal lines against dense, glinting harmonic masses in the six instruments…the evenings’s most satisfying performace.”
-Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
“These are striking affairs, compelling with strong rhythmic appeal. It brought the house down.
-Ken Winters, The Toronto Globe and Mail
Da Capo Chamber Players and Gamelan
The Da Capo Chamber Players of New York played the commissioned work, Blue Topeng 2, for chamber ensemble and Balinese Gamelan soloists in a series of concerts in the spring of 2008 in New York
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship – Fromm Foundation Commission – Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions
Shirish Korde was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in the summer of 2007. The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognized 33 artists from more than 1000 applicants in the disciplines of film/video, music composition, photography, theater, and sculpture. Five composers were honored from a field of approximately 200 applicants.
In the fall of 2007 he was also a recipient of a Fromm Foundation Commission for the Phoolan Devi project and a new music commission from the Jebediah Foundation for Songs of Ecstasy, which was premiered at Tsai Performance Center in Boston on May 2, 2008.
Svara-Yantra in New Zealand and Poland in 2007
In November, 2005, the violin concerto Svara-Yantra was premiered by Joanna Kurkowicz and The National Polish Orchestra in Katowice, Poland. In February 2007, Svara-Yantra was one of the featured works at The Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington New Zealand and was performed by Joanna Kurkowicz and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor, Li Xincao. Svara-Yantra was also be performed by Koszalin Philharmonic in Poland in June 2007.
Time Grids for Amplified Guitar and Computer Synthesized Tape
Simon Thacker gave several performaces of Time Grids (1988) in the U.K.
“Time Grids was the most overtly virtuosic piece in the recital and was a splendid concluding gambit, leaving me quite breathless by the end. Simon Thacker’s crazy flying fingerboard work, as the piece reached its climactic conclusion was really something else. What a wonderful exposition of the coontemporary possibilities of the classical guitar.”
-Alan Cooper, Aberdeen News
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CNN broadcast “Dreams and Creativity” – segment with focus on Shirish Korde