[Local events] FWD: Sat 2/4, Carnatic vocal concert

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Wed Feb 1 17:24:52 PST 2017


/“Gautam Tejas Ganeshan may be the only performer of Carnatic music
who si//ngs original compositions in English . . .”/

*Gautam Tejas Ganeshan <http://gautamtejasganeshan.com/>— vocal *
Srikanth Dakshinamoorthy — bamboo flute
J. Jagadeeswaran — mridangam

*Saturday, **February 4*
7:30 pm

Suggested donation: $20
(All proceeds go to the artists)

*The Jalsaghar*
5395 SW Elm Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

*Gautam Tejas Ganeshan*'s authentic voice and intelligent approach 
breathe new life into an old tradition. He has performed widely since 
2004, especially in the SF Bay Area, including at the SF Museum of 
Modern Art, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, SFJAZZ, 
BAM/PFA and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco 
Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for 
music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

Delivered in chamber ensembles, his concerts reflect a traditional 
aesthetic, transforming a highly cultured musical heritage through the 
creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and 
understanding of Carnatic music — its elaborate structures, extensive 
improvisations, and the utmost sincerity that distinguishes its greatest 
practitioners.

Gautam is also the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a 
non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted 
more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 
2006, and has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 
Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more.

Gautam often lends his voice in support of the movement towards a local 
economy. At the Green Festival SF 2012, he contributed his music to the 
crowd as an interlude after the speech of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. 
His singing opened each night of "From the Field to the Table", a series 
of performances at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Playhouse bringing to light 
issues inherent in industrialized food production. At the East Bay 
Center for Performing Arts, he sang to introduce a documentary screening 
of "Bitter Seeds", about the epidemic of suicides among farmers in India 
indebted to multinational seed companies. He performed for the annual 
members' meeting of the Ecology Center in 2015, the organization 
responsible for pioneering curbside recycling more than 40 years before, 
and one of the few non-profits to remain in the recycling business, 
besides running Berkeley's Farmers' Markets. And on Election Night 2012, 
he offered a spontaneous song to students in "Edible Education", a 
course led by Michael Pollan as a critical look at the food movement for 
both university students and the community at large.

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