Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12pm
Featuring Nirmala Rajasekar, veena
About the Artist:
Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized names in the world of Indian Classical music today. She began training in this art form from the age of six and started her career as a concert performer when she was thirteen.
Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire which reflects her adherence to rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her Gurus and several creative works which explore the veena in the paradigm of world music. Nirmala has been recognized by many institutions around the world—including the Carnegie Hall of India, The Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras and the Bangalore Gayana Samaja.
Nirmala has received the Bush Artistic Fellowship, the McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship, and several other commissions and grants from the American Composers Forum, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Meet the Composer New York, et al. Nirmala is a regular performer in Radio and Television around the world. She has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Bharatiya Vidya, Bhavan London, Musee Rietburg Zurich, and BBC London. Her concert at the International Festival of Music in Konya Turkey was the first veena concert in that country in 50 years. Her performances have been featured at several special events including playing for His Excellency the President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam and Jazz great Ornette Coleman. Nirmala’s concerts are seen every year at the December Festival of Music in Chennai, India, and at many venues and organizations.
Nirmala has recorded extensively over the three decades of her career. She has showcased Carnatic music and performed in a collaborative setting alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz. She has been featured as a guest artist by the three-time Grammy award winning group Sounds of Blackness in their album which won ‘Outstanding World Music Album of the Year 2012’.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University and composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club.