Syrinx : XXII — AMAZING INDIA! TOUR, 2016 

POST-TOUR NOTE: Well, this was the trip of a lifetime—as AMAZING and eye-opening as one could ever hope for! I'll be posting post-tour blog entries about the trip from now on, mixed in with the usual news and flute-related items. I had technical trouble putting photos online while on the trip, thus the delay. In my next life, I'll be an IT genius! Or at least competent!! 

I'm excited to announce a new page dedicated to the first-ever tour to India of Syrinx : XXII, where I am joined by colleagues António Carrilho, recorders and Raj Bhimani, piano. We'll be performing in cities spread across India, which is the size of all of Europe, and has a population of 1.3 BILLION!

We are delighted to have been invited and supported by various entities to perform, including the International Music and Art Society of India, Sardana Creative Consultancy, Ashoka University, the World Wind Festival and Powell Flutes, USA. I am very much looking forward to experiencing this country of ancient, vibrant and multi-faceted culture firsthand—travel is perhaps one of the greatest "perks" of being a musician, while at the same time feeding our creativity and imagination, and affording meaningful cultural exchange.

 
The Hindu flutist-god Krishna, in an illustration from the 19th Century, from the book "Dancing to the Flute" published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Hindu flutist-god Krishna, in an illustration from the 19th Century, from the book "Dancing to the Flute" published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Syrinx : XXII: António Carrilho, recorders, Katharine Rawdon, flutes, and Raj Bhimani, piano

Syrinx : XXII: António Carrilho, recorders, Katharine Rawdon, flutes, and Raj Bhimani, piano

A nine-concert whirlwind tour around the subcontinent!

We'll be starting in Delhi, in the north, and Chandigarh, a city designed by Le Corbusier, then flying to Bangalore in the south, to Bombay and Pune (Poona) on the west coast and finally to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh along the east coast, for an amazing experience of this enormous country. 

Poster for our performance at the Alliance Française in Bangalore

Poster for our performance at the Alliance Française in Bangalore

Tour Concert Program

Our program includes works from five centuries of western classical music, performed on some ten different flutes and recorders plus piano in varying combinations of solo, duo and trio. We are especially pleased to premier a new work written for Syrinx : XXII by the inimitable Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos. I've been a fan of his work since the first note I heard, and thus it is an immense pleasure to have a this beautiful, soulful new work, inspired on rural Portuguese regions and dedicated to our trio to present in India. At the same time, several other works on the program have a connection to India, to round out the musical exchange.

Thank you from Syrinx : XXII to composer Carlos Marecos

Thank you from Syrinx : XXII to composer Carlos Marecos

You can follow our journey on my blog starting November 11th!

Map of India

Map of India

Music and Culture

There is, of course, music in every culture in the world, but it is clear that music, art and dance hold a special place in the many cultures and religions of India. In the photo below of a Tamil Nadu sculpture in bronze from the 16th Century, the child Krishna is shown dancing over, and taming, Kaliya, the many-headed serpent. Aside from pure aesthetic beauty, the sculpture represents a dance of "victory over time and death" (Pratapaditya Pal). Isn't this an apt description of music as well? Composers may die, but their music lives on through us, the performers and listeners.

Krishna dancing over Kaliya; from the book "Dancing to the Flute", published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Krishna dancing over Kaliya; from the book "Dancing to the Flute", published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.