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Raga CDs of the Months (06/08): TALA – Indian Rhythm Cycles.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 29, 2008

in June 2008 IMC – India meets Classic is on “summer holiday” ( and we are back on 1st July ’08 )

Raga CDs of the Months (repetition from Dec. 2007)

TALA – Indian Rhythm Cycles

Same as for Indian Ragas, there are different traditions and developments of the North Indian classical period over hundreds of years since the 16th century, the Hindustani music and South Indian Classical period (Carnatic) are reflected in the system of the rhythms.

date of broadcasting: 3rd June 2008 – 09:00 p.m. (MESTZ)
(2nd date of broadcasting: 5th June 2008 – 03:00 a.m. (MESTZ))
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Tala is a Sanskrit word (Talā) and means clap. It is the Indian system for rhythms of Hindustani Music.

Tala-s… the 10 standards + 3 special forms

One can approach over the harmony theory to the Tala-s, via the “cadences“, a succession of groups of sounds (groups of chords). This rather unstable sound system of strain and relaxation is the basis e.g. for the Indian Rhythmic composition Tikhai, Mukhard and Parvan. The alternative…

Arvartan… the concept of the cycles.

With Arvatan, the concept of cycles exists a music philosophical understanding of the Indian classical period. The Tala-s are much rather illustrated hereby and therefore Arvartan – the concept of cycles is the subject of our December 2007 show.

The cyclic concept reflects the understanding of Hindu philosophy of the universe, which follows the principle of repetitive cycles (Rhythm Cycles), too. The cycle of nature is represented in Indian Classical music and illustrated by the rhythmic principles of Tala-s.

System der Talas - Konzept der Zyklen…

The prominent percussion instrument of North Indian Classics is the Tabla. It is a pair of drums covered with goat skin and appears for Indian Ragas on stages as rhythmic accompanying instrument and in solo play for Raga interpretations. The Tabla sound characteristics are unmistakable.

Percussioninstrumente - Ghatam (Tonkrug) Percussioninstrumente - Hanjira Percussioninstrumente - Mridangam Percussioninstrumente - Pakhawaj Percussioninstrumente - Tabla

Ghatam | Hanjira | Mridangam | Pakhawaj | Tabla

The Tabla was developed from the Pakhawaj, a drum, which can be found in the Dhrupad, the eldest existing vocal style of India nowadays. Beside these two instruments we find the Mridangam and Ghatam for rhythmics in South Indian Classics. The Carnatic music has it’s own Raga scales (Ragam) and rhythmical system (Talam).

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TV special: “John McLaughlin backstage” (28th May 2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 28, 2008

World Class Artist of RockJazz, Fusion as guest of IMC OnAir…

IMC OnAir - presents... TV special \

IMC OnAir - presents... TV special

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Postdam: Festival of India 2008 (30.05.-01.06.)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 23, 2008

Land der Religionen, Kinderstube des Menschen, Geburtsort der Sprachen, Großmutter der Legende, Urgroßmutter der Tradition. Das Land welches jeder schauen möchte…” (Mark Twain)

Das ‘Festival of India‘ ist ein Dankeschön an dieses Land, welchem wir die Grundlagen unserer Sprache, Musik, Philosophie, Mathematik, Naturwissenschaft u.v.m. verdanken.


Das Festival schafft einen Einblick in die Raffinesse der antiken Zivilisation Indiens und in seine moderne Kultur. Als Orientierung dienen die klassischen „64 Künste ”, deren Themen von Musik, Tanz, Theater, Malerei und Kochkunst, über Sanskrit, Pädagogik und Sport, bis hin zu Landwirtschaft und Schiffbau reichen.

Die Bühnen präsentieren klassische indische Musik mit Sitar, Tabla, Sarod und Flöte, Gesang (Dhrupad), Tanz (Kathak), Feuerzeremonien (Yagyas), indische Mode (Saris), Bollywood Dance und Filme. Das Podium ist den philosophischen und spirituellen Traditionen Indiens gewidmet: den Offenbarungen (Veden), ihren Erläuterungen (Vedangas), Ritualen (Agamas), Geschichten (Puranas) und philosophischen Systemen wie Sankhya. Der Basar zeigt indisches Markttreiben mit Gastronomie, interaktivem Kochstand, Tanduri-Ofen, traditioneller Teekultur, Kunsthandwerk zum Mitmachen, Henna-Malerei, indische Plakatmalerei, Infostände sowie Verkaufsstände für indische Stoffe, Schmuck, Kosmetik, Interieur, Tee und Räucherwaren. Die Konzertreihe OstWest-Klassik bringt indische und europäische Klassik in die Kirchen und Parks von Potsdam. Am Kindertag (1.6.) laden wir ein zuindischer Straßenmalerei (Rangoli) und Spielen. Mit dabei ist ein indischer Elefant und Akrobaten.

Kontakt: (Projektmanager & Markt)

(Quelle: 05/2008 – Vedischer Kulturverein e.V. Potsdam)

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New York – 9th May 2008: ‘Miles From India’

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 12, 2008

Music Review | ‘Miles From India’

Recalling Miles Davis by Crossing Cultures

During the second half of “Miles From India“, a boldly expansive concert at Town Hall on Friday night, the percussionist Badal Roy ventured a tabla solo, the sort of heroic exhibition that can end only in generous applause. He was annotating a composition called “Ife“, which he originally recorded with the trumpeter Miles Davis in 1972.

Miles from India (2 CD Set)

Mr. Roy was the linchpin but not always the focal point of “Miles From India“, which generally featured about a dozen other musicians onstage. The concert grew out of an ambitious new double album of the same name on Times Square Records, conceived as a cross-cultural experiment by the producer Bob Belden. On the album assorted Miles Davis alumni appear along with acclaimed Indian musicians – Mr. Roy hails from both camps of course – to play music spanning several periods of Davis’s chameleonic career.

It’s not such a stretch to seek affinities between Miles and India: as one of the chief proponents of modal improvisation in jazz, he occasionally reached in that direction himself. And a handful of his former sidemen, notably the guitarist John McLaughlin, went on to explore Indian music more deeply and directly.

Mr. McLaughlin contributed the title track and lone original on “Miles From India“, but he wasn’t on the bill Friday. Not that there was much occasion to miss him. The concert, organized by Mr. Belden and the Indian jazz pianist Louiz Banks, heeded the same ethos of crowded collaboration that guided Davis during his first fusion epoch, in the late 1960s and early to mid-’70s. There were organizing principles to the program (a set list, even) but the prevailing spirit was free form, seemingly open to chance.

On “Spanish Key“, which opened the second half, that method paid off handsomely. The trumpeter Wallace Roney, a leading disciple of the Davis sound and style, played with exacting purpose and unrepressed enthusiasm, carving up the song. And the melody, with its upward-tumbling arpeggio, suited the vocalist Shounak Abhisheki perfectly.

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down“, another track from the post-Woodstock album “Bitches Brew“, played to the strengths of both Mr. Roney and the guitarist Pete Cosey, who soloed in serpentine tandem. (It also provoked plaintive commentary from the violinist Kala Ramnath, who held her instrument in the Carnatic style, with its neck sloping to the floor.)

Just as potent was “It’s About That Time“, which felt right from the moment the bassist Benny Rietveld began the song’s signature vamp. At its peak the tune had Lenny White flailing at his drums as the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa sparred with Adam Holzman, on Fender Rhodes piano. Whatever fusion this implied, it was effective.

The concert’s first half was less so, despite the stalwart contributions of the bassist Ron Carter and, on one song, the pianist Vijay Iyer. With a set drawn strictly from the album “Kind of Blue“, which uses modal concepts but predates “Bitches Brew” by a crucially important decade, the musicians had to work a lot harder at translation. It never quite came together, though their effort was worth hearing.

(Source: May 12, 2008 | The New York Times | Music Review – Nate Chinen)

CD: Miles from India (2008)


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Santoor & Tabla – SPRING 2008 EVENT @ SPICMACAY UCLA (Los Angeles, US)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 12, 2008

The University of California, Los Angeles Chapter of SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) presents Santoor & Tabla.

SPICMACAY is a non-profit, voluntary, student movement aimed at educating the youth and community about the rich cultural heritage of India.

Tarun BhattacharyaSPICMACAY – UCLA is proud to present a Santoor concert and lecture demonstration by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya with percussion support by Abhishek Basu on the Tabla.


Lecture Demonstration: Sunday 18th May 2008. 3.30-4.30 PM
Concert: Sunday 18th May 2008, 5.00 – 8.00 PM
Venue: 100 Moore, Hall, UCLA Campus
Directions: – Please refer to detailed instructions here.

Check out videos of Tarun Bhattacharya’s and Abhishek Basu’s performances.


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9th MAY 2008 – John McLaughlin’s European Concert tour on the start line…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 9, 2008

Floating Point

! Band member Hadrien Feraud (Bass) has his finger broken !

MAY 2008

09 Monaco – Salle Garnier
11 Udine – Italie – Opera House
12 Ferrara –Italie – Opera House
13 Roma –Italie – Stazione Birra Club
15 Bucarest – Romania
16 Belgrade – Serbie
18 Wolsfsburg – Germany – Autostadt
19 Warsaw – Poland – Congresova Hall
20 Bratislava, Slovakia
21 Prague – CZ – Congresova Centrum Praha
22 Budapest – HU – Petofi Hall
23 Pecs – HU – Pecs University
25 Neuenhaus – Germany – Aula Gymnasium
26 Luxembourg – Philharmonie
28 Hamburg – Germany – Fabrik
30 Dublin – Ireland – Vicar Street
31 London – UK – Barbican

JUNE 2008

02 Kaluga – Russia – Philharmonic Concert Hall

(Source: Official Web News of John McLaughlin: The dates (with corrections) for the European tour in 2008…)

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UNICEF-Nothilfe – jetzt online spenden!

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 7, 2008

UNICEF ist mit rund 130 Mitarbeitern im Land und leistet in den betroffenen Regionen Nothilfe. So wurden bereits Medikamente für über 150.000 Menschen sowie 70 Erste-Hilfe-Sets bereitgestellt. UNICEF verteilt auch Familienpakete mit Plastikplanen, Kochgeschirr und Seife sowie Wasserreinigungs-Tabletten und Zucker-Salz-Mischung gegen Durchfall. UNICEF kümmert sich zudem um die Betreuung unbegleiteter Kinder.

UNICEF braucht dringend Unterstützung, um die Kinder nach dem Wirbelsturm mit dem Nötigsten zu versorgen. Herzlichen Dank!

UNICEF ist seit 1950 in Myanmar (früher Burma) tätig und verfügt über ein breites Netzwerk von Partnern. In den verwüsteten Landesteilen leben rund 24 Millionen Menschen. Über 60 Prozent davon sind Frauen und Kinder. Die Schwerpunkte der UNICEF-Hilfe sind Trinkwasser und Hygiene, Ernährung, Kinderschutz sowie Bildung.

UNICEF Deutschland, Höninger Weg 104, 50969 Köln,
Telefon: 0221/93650-0, Fax: 0221/93650-279, E-Mail:

UNICEF Spendentelefon 0137 / 300 000
Spendenkonto 300 000
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
BLZ 370 205 00

(Quelle: 2008 UNICEF Deutschland Newsletter | 07.03.2008 (15:00))

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Tod des Tablaspielers Pandit Kishan Maharaj

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 6, 2008

Der Tablaspieler Pandit Kishan Maharaj, einer der letzten Vertreter des klassischen «Benares gharana»-Stils, ist in seiner Heimatstadt Varanasi im Alter von 84 Jahren verstorben.

Pandit Kishan Maharaj, der in Indien als einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der klassischen Musik des Landes galt, verliess laut einer Meldung des «Calcutta Telegraph» die Provinzstadt nur selten.

Der «Benares gharana»-Stil hat in der klassischen Musik Indiens eine Sonderstellung, weil er sich nicht an sonst übliche Konventionen hält. Begründet worden ist er von Ram Sahai. (cf)

(Quelle: 06.05.2008 – Codex flores Nachrichten (Schweiz) | Online-Magazin für alle Bereiche der klassischen Musik)

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PM condoles the demise of Pandit Kishan Maharaj (

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 6, 2008

PM condoles the demise of Pandit Kishan Maharaj...New Delhi, May 6 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed deep sorrow over the passing away of tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

In his condolence message the Prime Minister said that in the death of Kishan Maharaj, the nation has lost one of the finest tabla players whose career spanned over half a century.

“Pandit Kishan Maharaj’s contribution as a master tabla player would always be remembered by generations to come,” he said. (ANI)

(Source: 6th May 2008 – | Sahil Nagpal)

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Tabla maestro Pt Kishan Maharaj dead (DNA – Daily News & Analysis)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 5, 2008

VARANASI: Well-known tabla player Kishan Maharaj died here after a brief illness. He was 84.

He died at a private hospital at Khajuri at 11.45 pm on Sunday night, family sources said.

The tabla maestro was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a paralytic attack on April 29.

Maharaj suffered the attack while eminent sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his family were visiting him. The sarod exponent was here with his sons, Aman and Ayaan, to attend a music function.

Maharaj, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2002, was one of the finest tabla players of the country and had a career which spanned over half a century. He began playing tabla at a tender age of 11 years.

He learned the art under the watchful eyes of his father Pandit Hari Maharaj. After the untimely death of his father, Maharaj’s training was taken over by his uncle, Pt Kanthe Maharaj, one of the great old masters and himself a disciple of Pt Baldeo Sahai. Pt Baldeo Sahai was the grandson of Pt Ram Sahai, founder of the Banaras gharana.

Maharajs ability to play cross rhythms and produce complex calculations, particularly in ‘tihai’ patterns has made him one of the most respected and popular tabla players of his time. He had immense versatility with regard to playing any kind of accompaniment, be it with the sitar, sarod, dhrupad, dhamar or dance. (PTI)

(Source: Monday, May 05, 2008 16:55 IST | DNA – Daily News & Analysis)

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