Last week I returned from a whirlwind trip to the east coast — we had three days of recording bansuri, sarangi and tabla for “Radha” (a film by Rupeshi Shah). Then I went up to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA to work with the Glee Club, a super talented and energetic group of singers led by Lindsay Pope. They are working on my new piece Tuttarana for womens’ choir (which they commissioned this season). After that, I went to Worchester MA to guest lecture at College of the Holy Cross. It was wonderful to be back in time to enjoy the fall colors and to work with so many wonderful musicians!
During the month of October, I was a guest blogger for NewMusicBox Magazine — I wrote four articles about various aspects of Hindustani music and how they tie into Western traditions/conceptions. They are:
- Recitals of Gratitude – on the Hindustani practice of Gurupoornima, paying homage to one’s teachers
- Let It Go – on the Hindustani learning process and the different conception of canon and tradition in Hindustani music from Western art music
- Cultural Collisions (and Washing Machines) – on musical association and aesthetic perceptions across cultures
- The Four-Syllable Darling and Text Setting in Hindi – a basic guide to some differences in the Indian voice and text setting