Every time the holidays roll around, I always daydream about arranging Christmas carols. This season I finally had the chance to make it happen! Last night, the Pasadena Master Chorale and the PMC Student Singers performed my arrangements of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen and The Holly and The Ivy as part of their holiday concert “A Dickens Christmas“. And this thursday, I’ll be playing my piano trio arrangement of one of my favorite carols, I Wonder as I Wander with Alira Strings at Dashing Through the Show, the holiday concert of The Singer and The Songwriter!
Looking forward to 2015, I’m excited that I have a few opportunities to do a little more Hindustani singing: On January 30, I will be performing Gul-e-Dodi from Anjuman Songs at the opening event of the Composers Now Festival. And looking much further forward, I am so excited to be singing Hindustani vocals in Shirish Korde‘s opera Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen. Both of these events will take place in New York City – please visit the Calendar for more information!
Finally, I wanted to share a spunky little sound clip with you! I was recently commissioned to write music for Indiaspora’s new radio show that profiles prominent Indians and Indian-Americans living in the US. A portion of my theme music appears in the interlude of each show, but I was so proud of the work that the musicians (Benjamin Larsen, cello and Roshni Samlal, tabla) did on this theme that I wanted to share the whole thing with you here: