04/08/14 By Ken V
A very special concert from a master of world music
A New Generation of American born, Indian Americans, are ready to create new and exciting sounds
Born in India and raised in the US, Karsh Kale is at the center of one of the most amazing and exciting developments in music today. That is the beautiful coming together of Indian classical music, and Western music styles of all kinds. He is coming to San Francisco and bringing with him a grab bag of sounds, some computer generated, rhythm, and voices that span decades of multi-national study and performance. As such, he is creating a new "jazz" like sound that is thrilling and new. The idea that we can participate in his creative process, as listeners, as dancers and as fellow dreamers, is unique indeed. Many like Karsh would be hidden away in the production booths, zipping around for movie deals, or hunting down clients. But Karsh loves performance, and attracts a steady following of serious fans.
He has been in San Francisco many times before. Each performance has been unique, from a street concert at San Jose Jazz with the duo Medieval Pundits, to a classically themed concert at the Herbst. This time, he is featuring himself with local sarod master Alam Khan, son of the famed master and teacher Ali Akbar Khan, and a vocalist, Aditya Prakash. Prakash was raised in the US by his very musical family. His mother is the founder of a well-known Los Angeles based dance company, and he began studying vocal music at age eight. At age sixteen he began touring and performing with the renowned sitar player, Ravi Shankar and his daughter, AnoushkaShankar. He has since performed throughout the US and India.
In a wide ranging interview from his New York home, Kale explained how he has been connected to a wide range of influences. “I first started listening to rock as a kid, and took in the music of Radiohead, Peter Gabriel and the Police.” These influences are seen in his recording, “Cinema”, which features a number of vocalists and is influenced by these early heroes. His approach is improvisational, textural, sonic, imaginative, and often visual in the sense of improvised music inspired by visual arts.
Kale is sure to create another charged and wide ranging sonic experience. His fans, many of which have never missed one of his local shows, are more than willing to take the ride with him. “The artists I admire are not afraid of faltering, and then figuring it out. I will surely take the music where no one will expect it to go.” This is sure to be a concert where the talent and the inspiration, meet head on.
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