Shen's News: It was a pleasure accompanying Saniya Patankar in two concerts this weekend, at the Brisbane Hindu Temple and then a morning home concert. I then went over to Stradbroke Island for the big triple 40th birthday bash, amongst whose birthdays we celebrated Marcello's (Tibet2Timbuk2) and Elliott's (Spankinhide), with bands including Kooii, Spankinhide and Toothfaeries. What a blast!
This week I want to give a special mention to my friend Eric Mandala, who I met in Kyoto, Japan. He'll be playing at The Shire on Saturday night (and I guess I'll be sitting in?).
There are a lot of upcoming shows in my calendar this week, but watch out especially for brilliant North Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and tabla master Yogesh Samsi on March 14 - you can book tickets at the EthnoSuperLounge Shop at absolute bargain prices. I have to emphasise that this really is a top-class Indian classical event, not to be missed.
I have a special giveaway for the upcoming Djan Djan concert at Judith Wright Centre on March 19. A free double pass for the first person to email me with the correct answer to this question: "Who is Bobby Singh's tabla guru?"
Tibet2Timbuk2 news: We are targeting 1000 fans on our Facebook page, and as such are giving away a download of our album "Music is Life" to every 100th fan. While you're there, click on the Boxes tab and vote for some of our songs or share them with your friends. In fact there are at least 20 easy ways to help Tibet2Timbuk2.
FRIENDS' NEWS - THIS WEEK
- Fri 5 Mar Chandler: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Bollywood singer)
- Sat 6 Mar West End: Eric Mandala
- Sun 7 Mar Pomona: Dva morning recital
FRIENDS' NEWS - COMING UP
- Sat 13 - Sun 14 Mar QPAC: Melting Pot Festival
- Sat 13 Mar Pomona: Transbalkan Express
- Sun 14 Mar Indooroopilly: Indian Music Jamboree - Kala Ramnath (violin), Yogesh Samsi (tabla), Sandeep Mishra (sarangi), Iynkaran Kantharajah (tabla)
- Tue 16 Mar West End: Dave Stringer (kirtan)
- Wed 17 Mar Ipswich: Dave Stringer (kirtan)
- Thu 18 Mar Byron: Dave Stringer (kirtan)
- Fri 19 Mar New Farm: Djan Djan with Mamadou Diabate, Bobby Singh, Jeff Lang
- Sat 20 Mar Mt Gravatt: Carnatic Classical Vocal Concert by Dr MS Ramanathan (Sydney)
- Fri 26 Mar Mullum: Jaleos Flamenco
- Sat 27 Mar Sunnybank: Ghulam Abbas Khan (Hindustani vocal)
SHEN'S RECENT BLOGS
- Saniya Patankar concerts
- Melting Pot Festival - Tibet2Timbuk2 and more
- Jai Uttal concert in Byron
- Delhi concert with Taro Terahara
- More concerts in Varanasi
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