Anjali Mitter Duva
On Saturday, December 1s, 2007, world jazz ensemble Natraj performed with
Gretchen Hayden, Chhandika’s Artistic Director, at SpringStep in Medford, MA.
Natraj melds classical Indian and traditional West African music with contemporary jazz, and this was their first collaboration with classical kathak dance Gretchen Hayden. They performed to a near full hall and enthusiastic audience. A good number were drawn to the event after reading a feature article on Ms.Hayden in that morning’s edition of the Boston Globe .
The stunning, glass enclosed arts building at SpringStep echoed with the soulful melodies of Phil Scarff’s soprano saxophone , Mark Rivard’s masterfully played string bass and the strains of Rohan Gregory’s violin. What had the audiences feet tapping, howevever, were the resonant beats of Jerry Leake and Bertram Lehmann’s tabla, clay pot, West African drums and other percussive instruments, interspersed with the melodious and rhythmic jingle of Ms. Hayde Hayden’s ankle bells. While approaching Indian music and traditions in different ways and from different places, Ms. Hayden and Natraj found common ground in the their mastery of the music’s intricate rhythms, the their impressive ability to improvise and their capacity for innovation within tradition. Ms. Hayden once again showed herself to be an artist to the core, interpreting, adapting and creating on the spot while drawing from the seemingly endless well
of her classical kathak repertoire.
Gretchen Hayden and George Ruckert will be performing on Dec 15 at MIT. Please checkout http://www.mithas.org for more information.
To learn more about Springstep please check out their website at http://www.springstep.org.
Share your Comments
In this Issue
Catch up, register and purchase tickets for the events during this upcoming fortnight including George Rucket/Gretchen Hayden concert, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 World Tour, Shirdi Sai Temple Inauguration and Sarva Dev Mandir New Year Eve's Party. [more]
Lokvani wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. [more]
St. Andrews Cathedral in Scotland! [more]
|Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 World Tour|
Watch Raja, Aneek, Mussarat, Harpreet, Junaid, Poonam, Mauli and Sumedha Live at the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 World Tour on December 21, 2007. [more]
|Nashua Nukes Wins 2007 New England Cricket League Tournament|
Defending champions Nashua Nukes won the 2007 New England Cricket League (NECL) Invitation Tournament for the second consecutive year. They beat Nashua Spearheads by 6 wickets and maintained their dominance in the Nashua area.
You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/