Improvised Music Company presents
Shantala Subramanyam - venu
Akkarai Sornalatha - violin
Jayachandra Rao - mridangam
The mighty subcontinent of India is home to two great classical traditions, the Hindustani music of the north and the Carnatic style of the south. Shantala Subramanyam is from Bangalore, heartland of carnatic music, renowned for its emphasis on improvisation on beautiful ragas within a highly evolved rhythmic vocabulary. She plays the venu, a carnatic bamboo flute, and it’s an instrument with a warm sonority not unlike our own traditional wood flute. Like many Carnatic musicians, Shantala started playing in early childhood under the tutelage of her father, himself an eminent musician, and today she’s recognized as an important and authentic voice in this demanding tradition.
She’s graced the stages of India’s most prestigious festivals and concert stages, and in recent years is a frequent visitor to Germany and Scandinavia. For her debut Irish performance, she’s joined by Carnatic violinist Akkarai Sornalatha and percussionist Jayachandra Rao, a master of the mridangam, the emblematic wooden hand drum that is that heartbeat of South Indian music.