This concert features both traditional and contemporary world music performances including South Indian Carnatic music with a variety of world percussion including mbira dza vadzimu, sanza, and frame drums (Arab riqq, Mediterr-Asian tambourine, Azerbaijani ghaval, lap style frame drum). In solo and duo performances, K.S. Resmi and N. Scott Robinson will present their unique hybrid of India inspired compositions with improvisation.
- K.S. Resmi, a skilled classical vocalist from Kerala, South India, has 33 years of Carnatic music study with K. Omanakutty and Lalitha Shivakumar, Kathakali padams with Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboodiri, Hindustani vocal with Ramesh Narayan, and Dhrupad with Ramakant Gundecha. Resmi has taught as full-time faculty in the Department of Indian Music, the University of Madras, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from 2004-2007. She has performed on numerous tours in India, USA, and is featured on 19 CD recordings including Swathi, the acclaimed set of compositions by Swathi Thirunal Maharaja. She is the first woman in the world to be featured on a CD recording of Kathakali padams entitled Samyamakannorudyanam. Resmi has performed/recorded with Amrit Nataraj, Larry Coryell, N. Scott Robinson, Mark Holland, David Kuckhermann, Dale Ockerman, Shane Shanahan, Yousif Sheronick, and Steáfán Hannigan. For more about K.S. Resmi, visit http://www.ksresmi.com.
- N. Scott Robinson, Ph.D., brings an enormous breadth of diverse experience in ethnic percussion traditions to the stage and the classroom. Currently teaching world musics and popular music at San Diego Mesa College in CA, he has performed with many instrumentalists, composers, vocal artists and ensembles, including Benny Carter Big Band, The Cleveland Orchestra, Glen Velez, Marilyn Horne, Paul Winter Consort, John Cage, George Crumb, Annea Lockwood, Howard Levy, Malcolm Dalglish, Peter Sprague, Autumn's Child, Gerald Alston, and Jeanie Bryson, among others.