Sat 4 Aug: Global Soul Music + Butoh Workshop + Aug 17-26: Masters of Sarangi

Hi folks,

Shen's News: We have some very special events coming up in August, starting with two different events next Saturday August 4th. I will be launching a new band with Sudanese minstrel Asim Gorashi and jazz guitarist Ravi Welsh with a concert at Crystal Waters Eco Village from 1pm after the monthly markets there. Meanwhile back at our home in Oxley Yuki and Megan are launching our event space with a BUTOH and Oki-do Workshop on Saturday August 4th. Later in August we have several concerts with visiting sarangi masters Pts Santosh and Sangeet Mishra (details at the bottom of this email).



If the links above don't work please go direct to the EthnoSuperLounge Events page: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/news/events.htm, and also my personal blogs http://shenflindell.blogspot.com/ and http://shenweb.blogspot.com/

“Masters of Sarangi” Concert Tour

7th and 8th generation sarangi masters from the ancient city of Varanasi, Pandit Santosh Mishra and his son Sangeet Mishra will be performing around Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and NNSW with Brisbane's leading classical tabla player Shen Flindell and special guests Yuki Taniguchi Flindell (mantras, Dhrupad) and Shrabani Choudhury (sitar - August 26 only).

Indian classical music is a diamond of global culture, a timeless spiritual vibration with unmatched opportunities for improvisation and expression, transporting listeners into realms of sound. This tour brings together musicians from India, Australia and Japan to evoke the peaceful sounds of Planet Earth.

Sarangi is an Indian bowed instrument with about 50 strings. Its sound is considered to match the human voice most closely, and its name literally means "hundred colours", reflecting the wide range of tones and moods it can evoke. An extremely difficult instrument, the art of sarangi is slowly dying. The sound is that of ancient spiritual India. Santosh and Sangeet Mishra come from a long lineage of sarangi players from India's holiest city, Varanasi, and have performed with leading artists all around India and the world.

2012 Tour Schedule

7pm Fri Aug 17 Woombye (home concert)
245 Kiel Mountain Rd, Woombye. Bookings Sim 0754423136, 0407890417

7pm Sat Aug 18 Bracken Ridge Hall
cnr Barrett & Bracken Streets, Bracken Ridge. Bookings Jitendra 0411798012

5pm Sun Aug 19 Oxley (home concert)
36 Kingsgate St, Oxley. Bookings Shen 0415106428
* ALSO Workshop from 2pm

7pm Fri Aug 24 Nimbin School of Arts Hall
47 Cullen Street, Nimbin. Bookings Dana 0428539232

7pm Sat Aug 25 Ocean Shores (home concert)
6 Goolara Ct, Ocean Shores
* ALSO Workshop from 3pm

4pm Sun Aug 26 Mt Gravatt Progress Hall
1873 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt.
“Strings of India 2012”
with Shrabani Choudhury (sitar)

Further info: www.ethnosuperlounge.com/sangeet or phone Shen on 0415106428

Pandit Santosh Mishra

Pandit Santosh Mishra of Benaras tradition, learnt music from his uncle Maestro Narayan Das Mishra and his father Maestro Bhagwan Das Mishra. An A Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Pandit Mishra has performed in numerous prestigious music festivals, both in India and abroad.

Sri Sangeet Mishra

Young Maestro Sangeet Mishra has learnt music from his father Pandit Santosh Mishra. He has also received advanced training from his paternal and maternal grandfathers Maestro Bhagwan Das and Maestro Narayan Das Mishra respectively. Sangeet has performed on several music platforms in India and overseas. Sangeet is a talented musician and a capable exponent of the Benaras tradition.

Sri Shen Flindell

Shen Flindell started learning tabla in Melbourne from Sri Debapriya Bhattacharya in 1994. He went to Varanasi in India to study under Pt. Kaviraj Ashutosh Bhattacharya, a great tabla master of the Benares Gharana. Based in Brisbane, Shen spends several months of each year in Japan and India. Within the realm of Indian classical music, Shen is capable in the four fields of vocal accompaniment, instrumental accompaniment, Kathak dance accompaniment and tabla solo. Shen has also given successful accompaniment in South Indian music and dance performances.

Srimati Yuki Taniguchi Flindell

Through Mantra, Kirtan and Indian Classical Music, Yuki became interested in the power of sound. She studies Mantra Yoga in Rishikesh and Dhrupad (Indian Classical Vocal) and Sanskrit in Varanasi. She regularly travels and gives workshops and concerts in India, Japan, and Australia.



Sat Jul 14 Grange: 5th Annual Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Concert

Hi folks,

Shen's News: Yuki and I have spent the last few weeks moving and settling in to our new house in Oxley. It has a great space for events and yoga classes. Please get in touch if you'd like to take part in Yuki's yoga classes. The first event here will be a BUTOH and Oki-do Workshop with Yuki and Megan on Saturday August 4th, and then later in August we'll have a home concert with visiting sarangi masters Pts Santosh and Sangeet Mishra (details coming soon).

But first, this Saturday it's one of my year's big highlights - the 5th Annual Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Concert, at Grange Progress Hall. About a dozen of my students will be presenting tabla solos and group performances in dedication to our lineage of tabla gurus in the Benares Gharana.  There's always a wonderful atmosphere of love and happiness so please come along and enjoy the night while supporting Brisbane's upcoming tabla players.

If the links above don't work please go direct to the EthnoSuperLounge Events page: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/news/events.htm, and also my personal blogs http://shenflindell.blogspot.com/ and http://shenweb.blogspot.com/