Saxophone is in focus at Ishanya Amphitheatre on 24th Feb 2018, with a virtual genius of the Carnatic world, Dr Kadri Gopalnath accompanied by Padmashri A. Kanyakumari, (India's leading violinist in the Carnatic style of music) and his troupe of brilliant musicians. . This event is brought to you by the Ishanya Art & Culture Club. IACC takes you away from every day, two-dimensional lives into a world full of creativity and pure entertainment, where you belong. It firmly believes that the Indian Art and culture is a treasure that is inherited from the past generations which need to be maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
Kadri, as he is fondly called, had to make certain modifications to the conventional alto saxophone to play Carnatic music. So successful has this adaptation been that the great musician Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic music, has acknowledged Kadri Gopalnath as a true Carnatic music genius.
His maiden performance was for the Chembai Memorial Trust. The 1980 Bombay Jazz Festival was a turning point for Gopalnath. John Handy, a jazz musician from California was present at the festival. So well did the two mesh, Handy in the jazz style and Gopalnath in the Carnatic style, that it became an instant hit with the audience. Gopalnath has participated in the Jazz Festival in Prague, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Music Hall Festival in Paris, the BBC Promenade concert in 1994 at London, and has toured all over the world.Together with jazz flutist James Newton, he recorded Southern Brothers. His production called 'East-West' is an audio-video presentation that, as the title suggests, is a fusion of Western and Indian music.In K. Balachander film Duet with music composed by A.R. Rahman, all the songs had saxophonic instrumentation by Gopalnath, mostly in raga Kalyana Vasantam.
Titles and honors include the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pettam, Sri Sringeri Sharadha Peetam, Sri Ahobila Mutt and Sri Pillayapatti Temple. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.
is going to be a wonderful melodic experience
.Note: Gates open at 6:30.