District of Raga Presents: Vinay Konda + Kaleidoscope



Venue:District of Raga Presents: Vinay Konda + Kaleidoscope


Double bill! District of Raga presents: Vinay Konda and Kaleidoscope.


Vinay Konda (saxophone) – an eleventh grader from New Jersey’s West Windsor Plainsboro High School North – is a disciple of Padmashree Dr. Kadri Gopalnath and Dr. Sumanth Swaminathan. He is passionate about carnatic music, which he has been studying for the past five years, even though he has had exposure to other genres, such as Indian film and Western. He has competed and won prizes at competitions conducted by leading organizations.

Vijay Ganesh (mridangam) learned the ancient percussion instrument mridangam from the age of six. His guru is the late Sri Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. Vijay has accompanied many eminent musicians, including Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and others. He is the recipient of the Best Mridangist from Music Academy Award (1999) and Krishna Gana Sabha Award (1998); and has performed extensively in India, the U.S., and Canada.


Let Brian Falkowski tell you about Kaleidoscope: “Kaleidoscope began as a conceptual approach to finding common ground among the great diversity of music throughout the world. There is an infinite variety of constantly changing perspectives to view the same thing, and the expression of artistic freedom is best explored with an openness to this vast sea of possibilities. The element of improvisation can act as a bridge between many genres, so I wanted to reimagine some of my jazz-oriented compositions through the lens of Indian classical music. The combination of traditional Indian instruments and Western instrumentation/harmonies can create some interesting textures. The end result transcends a fusion of genres, and more importantly provides a platform for the musicians to bring their individual sensibilities and backgrounds to this collaborative art.”

Kaleidoscope is Brian Kalkowski (saxophone), Ben (guitar), Nistha Raj (violin), and Avi Shah (tabla).


Cost: $10 at the door