Our hearts go out to people in Chennai & Cuddalore, South India who are going through the aftermath of the worst flooding in the last 100 years. BC Grimm will perform a 15-20 min solo cello set including Bach & Indian Classical; dedicated in remembrance of the lives lost during the flooding. Exquisite music and dance acts on display -performed by artists from Madison and Milwaukee. This event is hosted by Saaz, Madison’s largest group of Indian musicians.
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Saaz is proud to present sitar Maestro Pt. Sugato Nag (Kolkata, India) in a LIVE Sitar concert. This will be a special jugalbandi concert with his son Snehesh Nag on sitar. Subhasis Mukherjee will accompany on Tabla.
I have been studying Indian Classical music on cello with sitar master Sugato Nag for the past year. After 15 years of appreciating Indian Classical as a listener, I’m finally getting a player’s window into the deep inner workings of this profound musical tradition! Nag’s guru, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, is a sarod master who’s lineage fuses three major schools of sarod playing. Buddhadev Das Gupta’s gharanahas produced in Sugato a highly melodic style. Variations of the chalan, the main melodic themes of a raga, spin outward in marvelous fashion. During the opening alap section of a raga performance, Sugato bends melodies out of a single note, called a meend. At times, by grabbing an upper harmonic tone of an already stopped left hand note, he is able to extend the meend. It’s certainly hard to describe, so come hear it for yourself this Friday!
BCG will join Saaz on cello for a celebration embracing a wide spectrum of Indian music styles & traditions.
” Indian Graduate Students’ Association (IGSA) is pleased to invite you to an evening of Indian music with its annual ‘Geet Purvai’. ‘Geet Purvai’ brings Indian classical, folk, fusion, and Bollywood music together in one spectacular show. From classical, instrumental melodies to your favorite Bollywood songs – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Come by and enjoy performances from our very talented, upcoming musicians and UW-Madison’s Indian music group, ‘Saaz‘.
This event is absolutely FREE and open to all UW students, staff, faculty and their guests!
For three years The Brothers Grimm have been heading the experimental music series “Tea & Improv” at Dobra Tea. Sadly, Dobra will close it’s doors this January, 2014. We’ll have one last show on Thursday 1/9 as a way to say thanks to all who have worked/come out to enjoy these events since 2011. DB, BC, & Eric will all perform short solo sets, as well as improvise together.
It can be difficult to find a welcoming platform for experimental & improvised music. Dobra has been our enthusiastic home base for much of this Madison experience. It has not simply been “a venue”, but a meeting place of disciplined philosophies, where music & tearoom perfectly alight in purpose – to have conversation. In a vibrant, hue-struck room with no internet or to-go options, the result is meaningful discussion with close friends. It was never the intent of our music to overpower the space (& people in it) to a hush, but rather to be another conversation & accept all happening sounds as music/inspiration. 3..2..1.. Now! ~ All conversation is improvisation. We fuel off the energy you give us and channel it back, vibrating the air. No sound is excluded from this Cageian discourse ~ kettle boils, clayware scrapes, somewhere a laugh, all is music.
Perhaps the most important element of performance in Dobra has been a public space for unknowing teagoers to encounter “avant-garde”//”difficult-edgy-freaky-‘nonmusic’music-skronky-improvised-noise…stuff”. We’re thankful for situations where people may come/go at any moment, have lively chit-chats, not feel they have to be classically-stuffy/know-the-rules, & happen upon experimental music over the flowing cup. Hearing such racketous free-for-all (beautiful to some…) on a record, coming at you through the speakers can be challenging for unpracticed ears – but having that be a live experience and seeing that the musician performing extended techniques is another breathing, sweating, emoting, human being that is trying to communicate something to you – is when this music becomes immediate & relateable. The more you as an audience give of your energy/vibes – the better the conversation is.
We’ve released a couple of albums at Dobra, including: Moonish Lodestar (2013) by Watercourse Quartet & Redolent Spires (2012) by The Borthers Grimm. Had wonderful performers such as: Watercourse Quartet w/ Ben Willis, Pat Reinholz (aka Weather Duo + Brothers Grimm); Lovely Socialite, db pedersen, Eric Miller, Thollem McDonas (aka Thollem Electric), Brian Tairaku Ritchie, Sult w/ Jacob Felix Heule, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset; Timbre, Samuel Lockridge, Brother Stripes w/ Timothy Russell & Nick Zoulek; Prom Night Records w/ Brad Henkel, Nathaniel Morgan, & David Grollman; Dale Kaminski, Joey Molinaro, Zane Merritt, TJ Borden, Wrest Trio w/ Benjamin Bennett, Jack Wright, Evan Lipson; Stray Passage w/ Geoff Brady, Brennan Connors & more! – The tearoom has also played host to local Hindustani & Carnatic Indian Music group Saaz, Baroque & early western period instruments, & Yuri on the Russian domra.
Thanks to Qi Hong for fostering communitea.
Thank to the close friends who have come out over the years to support &/or participate in these happenings.
Thanks to all of the great Devoteas who have worked at Dobra & become a part of our lives.