Artists' Television Access

Carnatic @ ATA: Gautam Tejas Ganeshan & New Directions

Friday, February 12, 2016, 7:30 pm, $7-$10

GautamTejasGaneshanSouth Indian music gets re-upped.
Original songs along traditional lines
+ improvisations backed by

  • tambura drone lutes
  • mridangam double drum
  • ghatam clay percussion
  • and projections by Parker Higgins

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 2006, and has earned support from the NEA, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more. In 2013 Gautam was awarded the Creative Work Fund, supporting the creation of a song cycle entitled “Story of This Place,” and has received a number of commissions, including “By Daylight” at the ODC Theater, “Silhouette of Songs” by the LEF Foundation, and “New Directions in Indian Classical Music” by the San Francisco Foundation in 2008.

Projection of Pomological Watercolors (by Parker Higgins)

Parker Higgins (@xor), an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has been working to liberate the USDA’s pomological watercolor collection. That’s fruit paintings – 7,584 of them, commissioned by the federal government between 1886 and 1942, and now made (more) available through an FOIA request (Freedom of Information Act). Parker recently unleashed a new Twitter bot (@pomological) that tweets from the collection every three hours, bringing these beautiful images with serious historical significance to timelines everywhere.


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