Machine Project @ LACMA – November 15, 08

Kitundu & Prema Soul Performances @ LACMA

November 15, 2008
Noon til 10pm

On November 15th, 2008 Machine Project is seizing control of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Machine Project will be orchestrating ten hours of performances, workshops, and events which experiment with LACMA’s encyclopedic collections and expansive grounds. Featuring over 60 projects dispersed across the seven-building, twenty-acre campus, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum in new and unexpected ways.

For a more detailed list of projects, click here.

Projects sited throughout the museum include a robotic Netsuke head, a glow-in-the-dark unicorn, a man in a suit made of pepper cans, an audio tour of ambient gallery sounds, and a painting reproduced in flowers. A bank of elevators will be inhabited by trios of musicians including a gamelan orchestra, mariachi band, and fife and drum core. Visitors can try to solve the interactive murder mystery with clues scattered across the museum grounds. The BP Grand Court will become a temporary Mission Control Center with electronics workshops, a video feedback installation of the day’s events, and an evening screening with performances and readings. There will also be craft workshops, mobile musical aliens, gallery massages, a handout of invisible performances, replicas made from LACMA’s trash, a lost nose, and much, much, more.

 

Artists participating in the project include: Jacinto Astiazarán / Fritz Haeg / Flora Wiegmann, Matthew Au, Joshua Beckman, Jason Brown, the Center for Tactical Magic, Cheryl Cambras, Ken Ehrlich, Fallen Fruit, Jim Fetterly, Liz Glynn,, Hooliganship, Jessica Hutchins and Dawn Kaspar, Stephanie Hutin and Florencio Zavala, Ing, the Institute for Figuring, Walter Kitundu, Emily Lacy, Karen Lofgren, Lucky Dragons, Anthony McCann, Nate Page, Annie O’Malley, Michael O’Malley, Adam Overton, Monome, Takeshi Murata, Kamau Patton, The Public School, Daniel Richert and Mathew Timmons, Casey Rentz, Douglas Irving Repetto, Phil Ross, Kelly Sears, Robin Sukhadia, Laura Steenberge, Ryan Taber, Jason Torchinsky, and Holly Vesecky and exciting special guests.

This project is co-funded by LACMA’s public programs and the Ralph M Parsons endowment.

One day only!! Tickets to the event are available for standard LACMA admission prices. Admission to the museum and show are FREE for all Machine Project members.

TABLACENTRIC @ Sangati Center 11/2/08

Tabla solos and duets with three of the bay area’s next-generation tabla talents

Sangati Center – 3049 22nd Street – San Francisco CA

4:00pm
$10 – $20 (sliding scale)

Jason Ranjit Parmar – tabla

Sameer Gupta – tabla

Ashok Maitra – tabla

Wallace Harvey – harmonium nagma

Recently completing a Master in Fine Arts in World Music at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia has been studying tabla under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at CalArts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for the past six years. For the past 5 years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa, an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He has taught workshops and lectured at UCLA, Pomona College, the University of San Francisco, and at Eagle Rock Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado. In April 2008, he successfully completed a tabla-centric Artist Residency at the Machine Project, Los Angeles. His writings on music education and creative process have appeared in Hyphen Magazine, the Subcontinental, India Currents, and Saathee Magazine.

Jason Parmar is beginning his seventh year of Tabla study with Tabla virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He has previously studied tabla accompaniment with Sitar master Hasu Patel, Bansuri flute Maestro, G.S. Sachdev and with two esteemed tabla instructors in New Delhi, India. Jason recently had the privilege of accompanying Maestro Ali Akbar Khan for his advanced vocal class. He has also performed throughout the SF bay area with numerous esteemed artists such Tina Malia, Bhagavan Das, Geoffrey Gordon, Jaya Lakshmi, Lakshmi Devi and Suzanne Sterling. He also performs Hindustani Classical and Near Eastern music regularly throughout the bay area with Bansuri flautist Eliyahu Sills. Jason’s percussion skills are not limited to tabla. His versatility on world drums extends to include drum kit, djembe, udu and frame drums. He holds a Masters degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Founder of the critically acclaimed SF based Improvisational Ensemble The Supplicants, Sameer Gupta is an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. He has studied percussion for most of his life, beginning in Tokyo, Japan 1985, and since then has performed on drumset at Jazz at Lincoln Center, tabla at Asagiri Jam in Japan and various Jazz and World music festivals across the nation and abroad playing both tabla and drumset simultaneously. Sameer began his studies of North Indian Classical Tabla in 2002, and has the honor of studying with tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Sameer has the honor of being associated with many great artists including Marc Cary, Prasant Radhkrishnan, David Ewell, Pt. Chitresh Das, Parijat Desai, Stephen Kent, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sekou Sundiata and numerous other fine artists.

Images from the Event (click to enlarge):

Kearny Street Workshop – Raga & Tala Seminar

tala & raga: rhythms and melodies of Indian Classical Music

Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 08 6:30-8:30pm
with Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

at the Kearny Street Workshop
180 Capp Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94110

Click here for more information and to register.

Join Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan in a six-session joint exploration of the twin classical musical forms of India – Hindustani (North) and Carnatic (South).

Each two-hour session will introduce students to the elements of Hindustani and Carnatic music – from the basics of rhythm and melody to more advanced concepts like compositional forms and improvisational styles, to some of the interesting approaches to the art as a spiritual practice that characterize the overall Indian classical approach. We’ll also explore contemporary manifestations of these traditional art forms, such as their use in films and electronic music, as well as their continuing evolution in the hands of modern artists.

Join Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan in a six-session joint exploration of the twin classical musical forms of India – Hindustani (North) and Carnatic (South).

Each two-hour session will introduce students to the elements of Hindustani and Carnatic music – from the basics of rhythm and melody to more advanced concepts like compositional forms and improvisational styles, to some of the interesting approaches to the art as a spiritual practice that characterize the overall Indian classical approach. We’ll also explore contemporary manifestations of these traditional art forms, such as their use in films and electronic music, as well as their continuing evolution in the hands of modern artists.

A significant portion of the class will be devoted to learning the basics of tala (rhythm) and raga (melody) through studying tabla (north Indian classical drums; a limited number of drums will be available during the class), vocal recitation of rhythmic patterns, singing, and clapping time cycles. Absolutely no prior experience is required; Participants should expect extensive interactivity, listening sessions, video screenings, experimentation with concepts rooted in classical Indian music, and an open environment designed to demystify some of the world’s most ancient music.

Session Topics:

1. “Space and Time – Raga and Tala”

2. “The Context for Contemporary Indian Classical Music”

With Special Guest Lecturer from UC Berkeley Matthew Rahaim

3. “Intelligent Design: Music Theory and Concert Format”
4. “Improvisation: Tradition and the Individual Talent”
5. “ICM as a Spiritual Practice. And Bollywood!”
6. “Further Explorations – Review, Questions, Discussion”

ASIAN MASSIVE @ WORLDLY SF

Robin Sukhadia joins Whitey on the Moon for a special live Micropixie performance.

FRIDAY AUGUST 1st, 2008
1002 NIGHTS & WORLDLY PRESENT

THE RETURN OF THE ASIAN MASSIVE
“Only West Coast Show”
3 Rooms of Music & Dance

In The Massive Room:
CHEB i SABBAH
KARSH KALE
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ

In The Worldly Room:
Janaka Selekta
Zakhm
RadioHiro
DJ Warp

In The Faux Dive Hookah Lounge:
Micropixie
DJ Amar
Luxury Tax
Sac Fire, Music and Dance Group

HOSTED by ALL IS ONE

SPONSORED BY SIX DEGREES RECORDS + NARIKA

Tickets in advance: $18: www.going.com/worldlyarts * At the door: $20

1015: 1015 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA