Shirish Korde's Kala Chakra: Top Ten Performance of 2015
“Toe-tapping” and “contemporary chamber music” don’t often appear in the same sentence. Actually, it would take a pretty educated toe to tap along with the complex Indian tabla beats that were just one component of Kala Chakra, the nine-movement “celebration of rhythm” by Shirish Korde, given its world premiere in April by Boston Musica Viva. Overall, however, the new work, which also featured a soprano and a player of the sheng (a Chinese mouth organ) who also sang, proved so rhythmically infectious that, if the Longy School’s tiny Pickman Hall had any aisles to speak of, one could imagine the patrons dancing in them. Tunes of Czech and Kazakh origin also leavened this United Nations of a piece. All that plus lively short works by Donatoni, Currier, and Chou Wen-Chung made for a globe-spanning, invigorating evening of new and nearly-new music. - Boston Classical Review
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New CD Releases
Duo Jalal: Shadow and Light
Video: duoJalal perfom Shirish Korde's Joy
Bridge Records will be releasing duoJalal's new CD Shadow and Light in fall 2016. The recording will feature works by Evan Ziporyn, Giovanni Sollima, Shirish Korde, Somei Satoh, Ljova and Zhao Jiping.
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Jennifer Borkowski: COMPOSED
Drawing inspiration from nature and meditation, flutist and composer Jennifer Borkowski presents her debut Ravello Records release COMPOSED.
Borkowski creates a dialog between Western and Indian classical music with her adaptation of Anusvara by Shirish Korde, in which she uses a Western classical flute. Korde’s other work on this album, Tenderness of Cranes, offers imagery of nature: the playful dance of cranes, wings flapping on water, and birds taking flight.
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Nina Assimakopoulos: Tenderness of Cranes
Nina Assimakopoulos performs Shirish Korde's Tenderness of Cranes on the album Vayu: Multi-Cultural Flute Solos From The Twenty-First Century.
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Journey to the West at Central Square Theater
November 25 - December 31 2016
Adapted by Mary Zimmerman
From the translation by Anthony C. Yu
Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner
Music by Shirish Korde
In the beloved comic Chinese novel a monk travels from China to India in search of spiritual enlightenment and Buddhist scriptures. Mary Zimmerman’s (Candide, Metamorphosis) adaptation delivers whimsy, delight, and a combination of comedy, adventure, and satire mixed with a mystical dreamscape filled with puppetry and lyrical beauty. For everyone who enjoyed our holiday staple, Arabian Nights, Journey to the West promises to be a comic adventure for all ages celebrating the vitality of human perseverance.
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"Water Rising" and "Lalit" at Wave Hill, New York
Premiere of new work for solo violin by Irina Muresanu
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Phoolan Devi Chamber Opera
"…with its soaring operatic vocal lines against dense, glittering harmonic masses in the six instruments provided the evening's most satisfying performances." - Matthew Guerrieri The Boston Globe
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Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen featured in The Hindu
Phoolan Devi comes to life in an opera to be staged next year in New York
Phoolan Devi, India’s notorious Bandit Queen, continues to live on in popular imagination. Rape victim and avenging angel, oppressor and oppressed, she finally won respectability, and a seat in Parliament, embraced Buddhism, before a barrage of bullets ended it all in 2001. She was 37.
Rape. Murder. Bloodshed. Violence. Vengeance. Her short, chaotic life was indeed the stuff of drama, and several artistic ventures have tried to capture this turbulence. Among the most successful attempts was Shekhar Kapur’s film Bandit Queen, which won international fame for both the director and Seema Biswas for her powerful portrayal of the protagonist.
In her latest avatar, Phoolan Devi is the central figure in an opera: “Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen”. A multi-media chamber opera in the making, it is co-sponsored by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and Da Capo Chamber Players. It is directed by Tom Diamond and choreographed by Nandini Sikand, to music composed by Shirish Korde, with a libretto by Anushree Roy. Over wine and cheese at the Saffron Art Space in Manhattan, Aroon Shivdasani, the director of IAAC, brought together several New Yorkers with the creative team behind the opera.
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