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Amando & Dhani

At Visitors Center Saturday 21th of February Amando & Dhani from Albany (NY) presented a classic Rock-Jazz program.
Two hours of live music with Amando on bass and Dhani on guitar and vocals.  The duo were accompanied by Matt on saxophone and Suresh on drums.
Guest musicians Rolf, Shakti, Edo & Suryan joined the band and created a warm atmosphere.
The audience appreciated the performance and at the end of the concert asked for an encore.
A nice gig to celebrate Mother's birthday.

Comments: 10 Date: 22 Feb 2015

Gregorian Savitri

Kim Cunio and Heather Lee are currently setting parts of Savitri in traditional Gregorian / Church modes as well as the later modes of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and those of the acclaimed mystic composer Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).

We can best describe this project as music inspired by the artistic practice of Christian Church composition until the mid 12th Century. Eventually we aim to cover the entire Savitri, but for now we have trialed a small excerpt of exceptional beauty from Book 3, Canto 4: The Vision and the Boon pp. 345-348.
A two line phrase O wisdom Splendor, mother of the universe has been composed into a refrain sung both in unison and a beautiful early harmony called organum. In between this Heather and Kim improvise around a Benedictine Hidden E Church mode, declaiming this wondrous text, accompanied by Kims virtual oud.
We hope you enjoy the start of this beautiful project, of which a studio recording is in production.
- Kim Cunio

Comments: 2 Date: 17 Feb 2015

Emergence at Solitude Farm

Auroville's own Emergence plays at the place of its genesis, Solitude Farm.
Led by Krishna Mackenzie, and featuring Bassist Mishko M'ba, Percussionist Soundar Rajan and Karthik Iyer as Violinist and backing vocalist, the band played songs from their existing discography and some new, unreleased material.
The band's sound is a spellbinding fusion of classical Indian and Western Rock and Blues styles.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Feb 2015

The Auroville Sisters sing

Auroville Sisters Shakti, Swaha and Vera present a selection of jazz and choral favorites sung in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukranian and Japanese with the accompaniment of a live band, performed in the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas.
Featuring Edo on Guitar, Rolf on Bass, Matt on Drums and Pascal playing Violin. The show had a warm reception from the audience and a pleasant evening was had by all. The program has a seasonal theme, incorporating traditional folk songs from eastern Europe, along with some western jazz standards and others, which never fail to delight.
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Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jan 2015

Kalabhumi Festival – Part 2

The second part of the Kalabhumi Festival began with Wazo and Jesse introducing the Anna Taj band.
The audience danced and enjoyed the funky rock program chosen by Anna Taj and Marie Fouquet. Amando and Danny performed rock songs from the '70s.
At the end of the live concerts the DJ set by Sai DJ & Didier made the people dance till midnight.
Valentine's Day was well celebrated!

Comments: 1 Date: 20 Feb 2015

Bhushan Koshti & Vivek Kurangale

SAARANG festival presents recitals by two of India's leading classical instrumentalists, at India Space, Bharat Nivas. Bhushan Koshti is the son and disciple of Pt. Pushpraj Koshti, a leading exponent of the Dagarvani Dhrupad style on the Surbahar.
Bhushan has learnt the Surbahar in the traditional guru shishya parampara tradition for 8 years. He is regarded as a rare talent and the youngest exponent of the Surbahar in the Dagarvani style characterized by the slow and methodical development of the raga in a meditative delivery.
Koshti is joined by Vivek Kurangale, a talented Pakhawaj drummer.

Comments: 0 Date: 09 Feb 2015

Joel & Kees @ Sacred Groves

Heralding the return of Open Day at Sacred Groves, Joel Eisenkramer and Kees van Boxtel present a one-off live performance of North Indian Fusion.
Incorporating van Boxtel's Bansuri flute and Eisenkramer's Indian slide guitar, the two extensively improvise on a number of different musical themes. The performance was accompanied by a show of live painting by Enrico Cornuda of the Minesweeper Collective, which added to the unplugged concert's serene atmosphere.

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Comments: 0 Date: 27 Jan 2015

Kalabhumi Festival – Part 1

The Kalabhumi Festival was held at the Kalabhumi community on the 14th of February 2015.
Many Aurovilians, newcomers and guests of Auroville came to listen to the music, have some food and dance.
The first part of the event was opened by DJ Sai and Alice's dance performance. The kids had fun with Eluciole circus, face panting and henna tattoos.
From 5pm onwards, on the amphitheater stage, five groups performed: Ashaman and friends, Larry and Ingo, Drom project (Andrea Camerini), Jode and friends, and Swaha blues band.
Continued in part 2...

Comments: 2 Date: 20 Feb 2015

Awakening of the voice & hearing

This workshop, a part of the Saarang festival, is about how one becomes conscious of one's own voice and the ear and working on them from within the body to make them useful in any field of work, be it as a singer, an orator, a hawker, a manager, a teacher or lecturer, an actor or any other profession.
It helps to know how and when to use them as an expression or an arm, and also to know the power of silence that lies within our Voice. Tapan introduces the participants to exercises and methods to be conscious of their voice.

Comments: 0 Date: 06 Feb 2015

Impromptu Jazz Session, VC

A group of musicians from across Auroville come together to present an evening of jazz favourites, live at the Visitor's Centre.
Featuring Juriaan on the piano, vocalist Clementine, Paul on soprano saxophone, Greg on guitar and Kees on the bansuri.
Photographs by Olivier Malcor:

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jan 2015
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