NORTH BEACH FIRST FRIDAYS: Guatam Tejas Ganeshan

Please join us on Friday, July 5th at 8pm for a very special edition of our First Friday series, featuring Guatam Tejas Ganeshan, who the SF International Arts Festival has called the “ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music.”

newdirectionsSFIAFGuatam’s performances feature original musical compositions in concert with extensive vocal improvisation, heavily inspired by Carnatic music. One of the first artists-in-residence at the Red Poppy Arthouse, his group New Directions in Indian Classical Music was commissioned in 2009 by the San Francisco Foundation, and he has guest taught Carnatic music at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and led workshops at the SF Conservatory of Music, the Asian Art Museum (SF), and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Guatam Tejas GaneshanGautam is also the founder and director of the Sangati Center, which has hosted more than 350 public chamber concerts of Indian classical music in the past six years. No wonder the SF Classical Voice calls him a “local treasure.” Actually, that review is thorough and illuminating. Here’s an excerpt:

Ganeshan’s instrument was neither strong nor showy, but rather eminently lyrical and supple, its dramatic impact bolstered by the singer’s expressive use of his arms and hands as he asked, in song, “Where shall I, your singer, go?” and affirmed that, “Despite nostalgia for paradise, the memory will suffice.” Read more.

Don’t miss this free event, which is part of North Beach First Fridays.

North Beach First Fridays: Guatam Tejas Ganeshan
Friday July 5th 2013, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
Free, but door donations go to the musicians!
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.

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