The Story of the Raga Pianist: Showcase Studio presents its 7th episode: Nanni Singh and Noor Anand Chawla
This will be a musical chat on the Piano and its ability to play the nuances of Indian Classical Music.
ShowCase Studio is the latest addition to the large umbrella of ShowCase Events, an event management platform for all kinds of real and virtual events. As its first project, ShowCase Studio is hosting an innovative musical talk show called “IN CONVERSATION”, which is an attempt to bridge the growing gap between the audience, the artists and their art forms. Since its inception, the aim of ShowCase Studio has been to focus on artists that have stayed pure to their art forms, which remain undiluted despite multiple collaborations to make their craft sustainable. “IN CONVERSATION” is a virtual show streamed LIVE, where the artists speak about their art forms to an expert in their field, along with performing their best pieces for the audience, every Sunday evening. The first season of this show has already streamed six successful episodes.
The 7th Episode this Sunday i.e. October 25th, is the “Story of the Raga Pianist”. This will be a musical chat on the Piano and its ability to play the nuances of Indian Classical Music.
Creative Indian pianist/ composer and Young Steinway Artist, UTSAV LAL is a musician extraordinaire, who has set a precedent in the world of music. Choosing to perform on an instrument that has traditionally been considered unsuitable for Indian Classical music, 28-year-old Lal has gained huge international success and recognition with his performances of ragas on piano. Among Utsav’s many albums, a rare and interesting one was with the Fluid Piano, the world’s first adaptive tuning acoustic musical piano.
His work is deeply rooted in North Indian Classical music and reflects strong influences from his training in Jazz, Western Classical, Irish music and Contemporary Improvisation. His soulful renditions in traditional Alap Jod Jhalla on the Piano, have won him fans all over the world.
A disciple of Ustad F.Wasifuddin Dagar and violinist Sharat Srivastavaa, Utsav holds a Bachelor of Music (Honors) degree in Jazz from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow , Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and features on several international collaborations with prominent names like Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Winifred Horan, Jarlath Henderson, CIRCA (Australia), Talvin Singh, Miles Okazaki, Rajna Swaminathan and others.
In keeping with the show’s vision, the guest for the 5th episode of “IN CONVERSATION” was Dhanashree Pandit-Rai, a leading exponent of the “Thumri” style of Gayaki. She spoke with eminent music journalist Narendra Kusnur, on according Thumri its rightful place on the concert stage, and preserving its rich heritage. The audience was treated to numerous melodic songs amidst riveting conversation.
The 6th episode hosted Rasika Shekar, who started her journey by singing Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, and then shifted to playing the flute- both forms that require strong breath control. Despite mixing these two, she has steadfastly stayed pure to her sound, just as with Dhanashree and Thumri, as well as Utsav and the Piano.
Keeping with the theme of live performances, these shows are not recorded or available for later viewing. Book your seats now for Episode 7 with Raga Pianist Utsav Lal, this Sunday at 6:30 p.m., before they sell out, on this link: https://www.townscript.com/e/showcase-studio-presents-in-conversation-with-utsav-lal-007
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