Renowned musicians from India and Australia unite for special performance

By Our Reporter
L-R: B.V. Raghavendra Rao, Sandy Evans, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani

New Springs is led by is led by trailblazing percussionist Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani

This September, Hawthorn Arts Centre will present a very special cross-cultural event bringing together a group of musicians from two sides of the Indian Ocean who have forged a deep and unique musical connection over several decades. New Springs will feature performers from India and Australia, bringing the best of their respective musical traditions on Friday 6 September.

Presented in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria, New Springs is led by the legend of Indian music, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, a trailblazing percussionist whose music is deeply steeped in the Carnatic tradition. Supported by two leading next-generation musicians, this concert also features B.V. Raghavendra Rao on violin and Guruprasanna on kanjira.

Kaaraikudi Mani is regarded by the vast majority of Carnatic connoisseurs and aficionados as one of the greatest mridangam players ever. After moving to Chennai, he received his first national award at the age of 18 from then President of India, Radhakrishnan.

Guruprasanna is a highly talented percussionist who has mastered the art of kanjira playing and is considered as one of the most popular artists in Bengaluru. Guruprasanna has given performances at several organisations globally. As a Khanjira artist, he has been representing the nation upholding the Indian tradition and also collaborating with western and Jazz musicians in other countries.

BV Raghavendra Rao (pictured right) was inspired by his father to learn the violin before learning Western classical music from renowned Indian film score composer VS Narasimhan. Today Raghavdendra accompanies top-ranking musicians in the field of Carnatic music.

Guru Mani, Adrian Sherriff and Sandy Evans (and more recently Adam King) are well-known for their key roles in hugely successful Indian-jazz collaborations under the auspices of the Australian Art Orchestra. Since 1996, their performances and recordings have attracted rave reviews and standing ovations to packed houses in India, Australia and Europe.

The Australian participants in this project—Adrian Sherriff, Sandy Evans, Jonathan Dimond and Adam King—are leading artists in contemporary Australian music who are deeply immersed with Indian traditions.

Dr Sandy Evans OAM is an internationally renowned composer and saxophonist with a passion for improvisation and new music who has played with and written for some of the most important groups in Australian jazz since the early 1980s, toured globally and has been featured on over 40 albums.

Adrian Sherriff is a performer, composer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist whose musical foundations are drawn from his studies of European classical, Afro-American jazz, South Indian classical, Japanese shakuhachi, Balinese gamelan and experimental music traditions. Adrian has studied and performed with musicians of international calibre.

Adam King is a drummer and kendang player who is known for his cultural dialogue with the traditional and classical music of Bali and South India. In these traditions Adam has studied and performed with master musicians of an international caliber, and it is these interactions that have profoundly informed his development as a creative artist.

Dr Jonathan Dimond is a multi-instrumentalist composer and performer who brings together the worlds of Western classical, jazz and intercultural music. Jonathan has undergone training in North Indian classical music in Pune, India and is now a senior lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Adrian, Adam and Jonathan also make up contemporary jazz trio Tripataka, who bring together a multitude of diverse influences for a sound like no other.

New Springs will present a stunning evening of traditional and contemporary Indian-jazz performed by globally recognised artists for a truly special performance at the historic Hawthorn Arts Centre.

The Hawthorn Arts Centre presents an exciting and varied arts program and is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Visitors can enjoy refreshments at the Events Bar or explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights.

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