Posted March 6, 2015
Jai Guru! Pandit Taranath 100 years today!
Exactly 100 years ago today, Indian percussion legend Pandit Taranath Rama Rao Hattiangady (1915-1991) was born. He studied with many great Ustads, accompanied practically every great Hindustani soloist and taught hundreds of students, some of whom are among the greatest tabla players in India today. Due to rheumatic troubles he did not perform much during the later part of his life, but concentrated on teaching in India and U.S. So there are very few recordings with him.
However, when he and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar returned from their first teaching engagement in the states, they visited Sweden and gave a few performances. I’m happy to tell that we will release a digital-only album, “Tabla“, in which he talks and demonstrates the tabla and gives a solo in Trital with lehra accompaniment on the sitar by Z.M. Dagar. A very rare recording indeed. After some delay its finally up on iTunes: Pandit Taranath – Tabla: https://itun.es/i6LH3KX #iTunes Meanwhile hear him speak a few words about himself on the last track of the album and check out the slide show on top of the Pandit Taranath artist page.
P.S. Peshkar Foundation, initiated by Panditji himself and run by his students are having a series of concerts in celebration of him all through this year. On march 6-7 there will be concerts in Bombay, and then in july, october and next january, also in Poona, Mangalore and Panjim. If you are anywhere near, do attend. A lot of Ustads and his students and grand students from India and abroad will perform.
Posted March 2, 2015
Good reviews of last years releases arrived today!
The new issue of Orkesterjournalen carries very positive reviews in swedish of our albums with Thomas Jäderlund Amazing Trio (CE29), The Xylophone Orchestra (CE30) and Spjärnsvallet (CE31). And the brittish monthly Songlines has a very positive one of the Nedunuri Krishnamurthy 3-cd box (CE32). (They also carry a really lousy review of the Spjärnsvallet album that we will spare you<:-)
If you are curious, you have pdf links below.
Posted February 22, 2015
OLD AND NEW DREAMS -our new club, next on saturday 28/2
OLD AND NEW DREAMS
Musical meetings on the last saturday every month
January 31 LAS VEGA was back with a new musical meeting place named after the great jazz group Old and New Dreams. On the last saturday every month we invite four musicians from different generations and with different musical backgrounds to play together, exchanging musical idéas and learn from each other. We wish to pass on musical legacies and show similarities (and dissimilarities) creating a place for music without boundaries. Each night will also have two alternating DJ’s from different generations.
You find us at Pygmeteatern, Vegagatan 17. T-Odenplan
Open from 7 p.m. with DJ’s and live music
Entrance from 50 to 150 SEK according to ability.
The program so far:
31/1 Roland Keijser, woodwinds – Sara Parkman, violin – Vilhelm Bromander, bass – Bengt Berger, drums – Jörgen Adolfsson, DJ – Elias Krantz, DJ A great evening with lots of people it was!
28/2 Jörgen Adolfsson, saxophones? – Elsa Bergman, bass – Bengt Berger, drums – Elias Krantz, guitar – Liselotte Norelius, DJ – Gustav Magnusson Holm, DJ
28/3 Lise-lotte Norelius, percussion, electronics – Oskar Carls, saxophone – Elsa Bergman, bass – Bengt Berger, drums – Elias och Sigge Krantz, DJ:s
/Elias, Elsa och Beche
Posted February 12, 2015
Secret plans are being made – to be revealed later
Posted January 6, 2015
Nedunuri Krishnamurthy album release
We are abroad at the moment, among other things handling the Nedunuri release and distribution in India. Due to this there will be no deliveries of orders until after january 16 but you can order (and pay <:-) at the website as usual if you are prepared for a short wait.
The album is creating quite a buzz in the Karnatic music world. Everybody here is excited by it and buys all I have even though it’s twice as expensive as ordinary albums here. Ghatam Suresh called it cd of the decade! We had a great release function in Indian style with luminaries giving speeches musicians sharing memories etc.
In the photo below you see mridangam vidwan Nellai D. Kannan (son of P.S. Devarajan who played on the album), mridangam vidwan Karaikudi Mani, Sopan Dev, mridangam vidwan Trichy Sankaran, violin vidwan R. Ramanathan (the only artist in the 1968 recording still alive) and Nedunuri Krishnamurthy’s daughter Valli (who was very happy since there are no existing recordings of him from this time) flanked by Nedunuris Sir’s students Malladi Brothers Ravikumar and Sreeramkumar (without who’s help this release would not have been possible).
At the moment the album is only available from Saraswati Stores on TTK Road near Narada Gana Sabha and at the Karnatic Book Shop who will soon be carrying all our indian releases. You find them at
Karnatic Music Book Centre
23-A Sripuram First Street, Royapettah
600 014 Chennai
Phone :+91-44-28111716, +91-44-28113253
Mobile :+91-9444134323, +91-9444988894