Doors open 6:30pm
Concert begins 7:00pm
Part 1: Indian Classical with Purna Bangere (violin) and Amit Kavthekar (Tabla)
This part will feature Ragas Hamsadhwani, Ranjini, Malkauns among others.
Part 2: Purna and Amit with Jeff Harshbarger on the Bass.
This part will feature recent work of Purna with David Balakrishnan (Director, Turtle Island String Quartet, multi Grammy winner) which integrates elements of Indian classical, Blues, Jazz and Western Classical inspired by a Geometric framework.
Purnaprajna comes from a important school of violin players in India. He had rigorous training under the well known south Indian violinist and a teacher of great repute HKN Murthy. HKN Murthy is the student of the legendary Indian musician M. S. Gopalakrishnan. Purnaprajna is a representative of his school, and plays the style of music known as the Parur style, characterized by high technical virtuosity and musicianship. In the last two years, he has been invited to give solo recitals in the prestigious music festivals such as the Learnquest music festival in Boston, the Cleveland Music festival and the Toronto Music festival. Purnaprajna has recently come up with a geometric framework to explore integration various genre and is currently working on this with David Balakrishnan, the director of the well known musical group Turtle Island String quartet, which has won several Grammy awards. He is a professor of Mathematics and Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Purna's music website is: https://www.purnaviolin.com/repertoire
Young and talented Amit Kavthekar (the last disciple of Late Ustad Allarakha) has rhythm running in his veins. At the early age of six, when most the children of his age were playing about, he was being groomed in the art of tabla playing by great maestro Ustad Allarakha.S ince 1991, he was fortunate to be taught tabla intricacies by the world famous tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. Amit has played with some of the greatest Indian musicians such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Sivamani on Zee Tv in India, Pt. Shivkumar Sharmain his Documentary directed by Jabbar Patel in India, He has accompaneid Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Shahid ParvezUstad Ashish Khan, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta and Pt. Kushal Das. Presently Amit is teaching in New England School of Music which is based in Boston MA area.
Voted 2011 Person of the Year by Plasticsax.com and Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine, Jeff Harshbarger has had quite an eclectic career. A prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, Jeff has recorded and performed across the globe with varied artists of repute. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City. Jeff also hosts Wednesday's Jazz in the Afternoon from 1-3 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI.