SRUTI, the India Music and Dance Society: Sounds of India: Influences and Integration of Folk Melodies in Carnatic Music
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
SRUTI will present a concert that explores the influence of native and folk traditions upon Carnatic (South Indian classical) music, featuring leading vocalist S. Sowmya and emerging vocalist Bharat Sundar. This pairing is unique, as Carnatic duets traditionally occur between siblings or artists of similar status. The two artists will perform solo in other U.S. cities, but the SRUTI concert, presented as part of Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts series, will be their only collaborative endeavor. With this concert, SRUTI will be the first U.S. organization to showcase these types of experimental concerts, which have become increasingly popular in the world of Indian classical music. Master classes and public talks around the Philadelphia area will provide context and background for this unique performance.
This program is supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.
Ron Carter Trio
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 8 p.m.
Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993, Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band, and another Grammy in 1998 for “Call 'Sheet Blues,” an instrumental composition from the film “Round Midnight.” He was artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and after 18 years on the faculty of the music department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus.as a performer, he remains as active as ever. Listen to pre-concert talk.
This tour of Ron Carter is made possible by a grant of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.