Violin virtuoso L. Shankar comes to roulette next month


Robert Browning Associates, Lotus Music & Dance and Roulette present the return of virtuoso New York violinist L. SHANKAR with ABHIJIT BANERJEE & ROHAN KRISHNAMURTHY in INDIAN MASTERS on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM. The event takes place at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn.

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $20 students, seniors at the door
Box office 917-263-0363

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Internationally acclaimed violinist/singer/composer L. Shankar has won acclaim for his deeply moving interpretations of Indian classical music. As well as appearing as a major soloist, he also accompanied many of South India’s leading singers and in the 1970s co-founded, with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram, the legendary band indo-jazz Shakti. In the 1980s, he introduced a 10-string double violin capable of covering the full range of the orchestra’s string section, from violin to double bass. To this day, he has continued to expand the international audience for Indian music, often combining North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) styles. He will be accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee, one of the best tabla (tuned hand drum) players of his generation, and Rohan Krishnamurthy (mrdangam – barrel drum, kanjira – small frame drum), a leading voice in classical and crossover music from South India. genre music in the South Asian Diaspora.

L. Shankar, born into a family of renowned musicians, is the son and disciple of V. Lakshminarayana and L. Seethalakshmi. He began studying the violin at the age of five and made his first solo concert appearance at the age of seven. Early in his career, he accompanied masters of the South Indian vocal tradition, was a member of a trio with his brothers L. Vaidyanathan and L. Subramaniam, and played extensively with the great mrdangam player Palghat Mani Iyer. In India, he received numerous awards for his outstanding musical talent, including the Madras Academy of Music Best Violinist Award. He came to the United States in 1969, where his work as a soloist and collaborator with artists such as Zakir Husain, John McLaughlin and Vikku Vinayakram put him at the forefront of expanding the horizons of music. Indian music. He toured extensively with Peter Gabriel and co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack with him for The Last Temptation of Christ. He has also worked as a composer, arranger, producer, singer and violinist with Frank Zappa, Phil Collins, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Van Morrison and U2, among others. He has sold over 100 million albums through his solo projects and collaborations.

Abhijit Banerjee is a pioneer disciple of the illustrious late guru Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh. He has taken center stage at all major classical music festivals in India and has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa and India. Southeast Asia, giving concerts and conducting workshops. He has accompanied many major Indian musicians including Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Amjad Ali Khan, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Parveen Sultana and Shivkumar Sharma. In addition to his contributions to Indian classical music, he has left his mark in crossover music as a performer and composer and has worked with Ry Cooder, Larry Coryell and Trilok Gurtu. He has composed music for Indian television and won the National Documentary Music Award for The Trail, a film about Calcutta. He founded and established the Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Kolkata; among its achievements, the Academy introduced needy blind children to the art of music. He is also head of tabla department at Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra.

Rohan Krishnamurthy received mrdangam training from esteemed guru, Sri Guryvayur Dorai, and studied jazz and funk drums with Alan Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory and tabla with Swapan Chaudhuri at Ali Akbar College of Music. Distinguished as a soloist, composer and collaborator, he has performed with leading artists in Indian classical music, including M. Balamuralikrishna, TNKrishnan, L. Subramaniam and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and has led numerous inter- genres with jazz ensembles, orchestras and international musicians. . He toured Written in Water with the Ragamala Dance Company and Iraqi trumpeter/singer/santour player Amir ElSaffar. He holds a doctorate. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music and runs the RohanRhythm Percussion Studio. He is the recipient of prestigious international awards and fellowships, including recent commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Zellerbach Foundation and the Goethe Institute (Germany), and teaches in the music department at Ohlone College in the San Francisco Bay. Its patented RohanRhythm drum tuning system is available worldwide.


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