Vocal Carnatic Music

When I perform carnatic music on the cello, it is interesting to integrate vocal qualities to my playing. My lessons with the great Madurai G.S. Mani definitely help me understand Carnatic music and grasp the vocal style.

Here is are 2 excerpts from my last lesson in January 2012, where we had fun developing the ornamentation I had been accustomed to - showing me just how endlessly creative performing within a raga can be!

Interviews about my experience learning Carnatic music in India
Showcasing Rarity - V. Balasubramanian. The Hindu, January 6, 2012
Masala Canada - Wojtek Gwiazda. Radio Canada International, January 7, 2012

Navaragamalika by Patnam Subramanya Iyer (1845-1902), charanam section in Raga Kambodhi.

Era Napai by Patnam Subramanya Iyer (1845-1902), in Raga Thodi.

My research of Carnatic music in India has been funded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2008) and the Canada Council for the Arts (2011)