SAAGARA – Giridhar Udupa, Bharghava Halambi, K Raja, Waclaw Zimpel

Saagara is a meeting of four virtuosos. They have all achieved wide recognition in their countries. Though they originate from two very different musical worlds, they decided to unite them on one stage

Giridhar Udupa, Bharghava Halambi and K Raja are the most respected musicians of the younger generation in India.

They live in Bangalore, but perform all over the world at in the most prestigious of venues such as Carnegie Hall or The Sydney Opera House. Wacław Zimpel is a classicaly trained clarinet virtuoso and a strong presence on the improvised music scene. His projects often invoke the traditions and the rituals of many different cultures. This project is a meeting of two worlds. The first one is the oldest musical form of India, Carnatic music. It relies on a very subtle rhythm/melody system. The second is the european tradition. The clarinet parts rely on Indian rhythms. Accompanied by the percussion instruments, they oscillate between western melodics and the raga system – the Indian scales that form the basis of the compositions. The repertoire includes both traditional carnatic music and original compositions.

Bharghava Halambi

Bharghava Halambi is one of the leading hindu musicians in India. His main instruments are Khanjira, a frame drum from the tambourine family and the mridangam, a two-sided drum which is one India’s oldest instruments. Bharghava learned to play from the great masters and virtuosos of Indian music. He pursued an intense study of the Khanjira with C. P. Vyasa Vittala, who is the senior disciple of the legendary G. Harishankar. He is also one of the members of Layatharanga – a world renowned percussion quartet. He has both played and led workshops in many of the most famous concert halls in India, USA, and France.

Ghatam Giridhar Udupa

Giridhar Udupa is a master of the Ghatam – a percussion instrument made of clay with a pot-like shape. He was born into a family with a long history of musical traditions. He started to perform at the age of 12 and has since received many prestigious awards.
He has accompanied eminent South Indian classical musicians including Sarvashree L. Subramaniam, M. Balamuralikrishna, M. S. Gopalkrishnan, Palghat Raghu, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Mysore Nagaraj & Manjunath, Mandolin Srinivas. He has also
worked with Trilok Gurtu, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Chico Freeman, Airto Moreira, and others. He performs regularily in the USA, Spain, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia, Oman and Kuwait.
Giridhar Udupa is also a member of Bombay Jayashri’s band, a Hindu vocalist who was nominated for „Best Original Song“ at the Academy Awards for his composition „Pi‘s Lullaby“, from „The Life of Pi”. He is one of the founders of Layatharanga.

K Raja

K Raja is a young master of the Thavil, a two-membrane percussion instrument often used in ceremonies and rituals of Hindu temples. He plays it with a stick and special thimbles. His family has been playing Thavil for four generations. K Raja started his

education at a very young age and his abilities were, at a time, appreciated by many masters of Indian music. He is one of the few masters of the instrument who are fluent in many musical styles, from jazz to fusion.

Wacław Zimpel

Wacław Zimpel – a classicaly trained clarinetist, who is now one of the most recognizable Polish musicians on the global improvised music scene. His compositions are frequently references to older works, creating thereby contemporary polemics or comments on musical traditions. He works with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Michael Zerang, Klaus Kugel, Steve Swell, Hamid Drake, Bobby Few, Mars Williams, Perry Robinson, Mikołaj Trzaska, among many others.

K Raja – tavil, percussions

Ghatam Giridhar Udupa – ghatam, konnakol, morsing

Bharghava Halambi – mridangam, khanjira, konnakol

Wacław Zimpel – clarinets

Tickets 30 zl



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