I'm a western classical musician (composer, singer, cellist) fascinated by Carnatic music from South India. I've travelled twice to India (2008 and 2011) to better understand the essence of this sophisticated and complex musical system.
First and foremost, I would like to thank my mentor V.S. Narasimhan, fantastic musician and violonist who took up the challenge of teaching Carnatic music to a cellist! Many thanks to my other teachers, to whom I owe just as much: Madhurai G.S. Mani (for voice), N. Govindarajan (for rhythm) and Dr. Usha Prasad (for theory).
Presented January 9th 2012 at the Arkay Convention Center in Chennai (India), this concert was the result of a 3-month intensive program. Results are not perfect but I am still very glad to share my progress with music lovers who are curious to hear this beautiful music played on the cello!
Interviews about my experience learning Carnatic music in India
Showcasing Rarity - V. Balasubramanian. The Hindu, January 6, 2012
Masala Canada - Wojtek Gwiazda. Radio Canada International, January 7, 2012
Evaribodhana Patnam Subramanya Iyer (1845-1902) /// Ragam: Abhogi | Talam: Adi
Eesane Papanasam Sivan (1890-1973) /// Ragam: Chakravakam | Talam: Rupakam
Sri Mahaa Ganapathi Muthuswami Dikshithar (1775-1835) /// Ragam: Gowla | Talam: Misra Chapu
Mokshamu Thyagaraja (1767-1847) /// Ragam: Saramathi | Talam: Adi
Raghuvamsa Patnam Subramanya Iyer (1845-1902) /// Ragam: Kathanakuthoohalam | Talam: Adi
My research of Carnatic music in India has been funded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2008) and the Canada Council for the Arts (2011)