Taro Terahara has been wowing audiences all around our region on his first Australian tour. If you've missed those concerts, don't miss this chance to hear this wonderful Indian classical bansuri player in intimate home and temple concerts this week - his last concerts in Brisbane on this tour. This kind of music is best heard in such intimate settings, as those who attended the fabulous home concert hosted by Indian Times editor Umesh Chandra on Saturday will attest. The West End home concert on Thursday will feature a special collaboration with Guinean kora player Lansana Camara, while the Temple concert on Friday will be held in a beautiful devotional atmosphere. Don't miss out!!!
Thu Dec 21 HOME CONCERT
in collaboration with Lansana Camara (kora, vocals) from Guinea (bio below)
Venue: 15 Cordeaux St, West End
Bookings & Info: Shen 0415-106428
Fri Dec 22 TEMPLE CONCERT
Sai Saileshwara Mandir
1614 Sandgate Rd Virginia
Bookings & Info: Dan 0423-831660
Taro Terahara is one of the leading musicians in the thriving and highly competitive Indian classical music scene in Japan. Having played various wind instruments since childhood he took his initial training in bansuri with Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia’s senior Japanese disciple, Hiroshi Nakagawa, followed by lessons in India with Pandit Hari-ji himself. In recent years he has been taking instruction from Amit Roy, a sitar disciple of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee.
Taro’s music comfortably spans the full range from contemplative soulful alaap (slow non-rhythmic introduction) to exciting, rhythmic jhala (fast-paced finale). He has a great command of sur (tuning) and lay (timing), with the ability to compose innovative taans and tihais on the spur of the moment, yet all of this is tempered by a beautiful humility and devotion to the mood and spirit of the raga. His music both engages the mind and touches the heart.
Lansana Camara is from a long line of musicians on both his mother's and father's sides of the family. A talented multi-instrumentalist, he will delight you with beautiful traditional West African songs played on the Kora. His melodious voice is a beautiful accompaniment to its captivating sound. The Mandinka kora is a unique instrument with a harp-like appearance and a notched bridge similar to that of a lute or guitar. It is sometimes known as the African Harp.
Shen Flindell's tabla playing is noted for his clear sound, comfortable rhythmic sense, intuitive accompaniment, wide repertoire, adept bayan (bass) and a feeling of sincere devotion to Guru, Saraswati, Music and Tabla, thanks to many blessings from his Guru-ji Pt. Ashutosh Bhattacharya of Varanasi. Since 2002, Shen has been jointly based in Japan, India and Australia, and has performed with leading Indian classical artists in all three countries, including Smt. Raka Mukherjee and Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan.