Guest Artist Recital
The Ethnomusicology program presents its annual concert of music from around the world. This concert features performances by Srivani Jade, a Hindustani singer who specializes in the North Indian classical form of Khayal, as well as other traditional and folk-inspired music; and Thione Diop, a percussionist from Senegal, West Africa recognized for his powerfully expressive djembe performances.
Srivani Jade will be accompanied by Aarshin Karande (Harmonium), Ravi Albright (Tabla), and Priya Bondre (Tanpura).
Srivani Jade is a Hindustani classical singer. She specializes in the North Indian classical form of Khayal, and other traditional and folk-inspired music like Thumri-Dadra, Tappa and Bhajans. Srivani has performed regularly on stage, radio and television in India from the age of five. She now concertizes regularly both in India and the U.S. and Canada, has several solo albums to her credit, and has received grants and awards for original work in Indian music. She has also composed and recorded soundtracks for short films and documentaries.
In 2009, Srivani was one of three artists to receive a Fellowship Award from Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC). These awards recognize outstanding traditional artists for their contributions to their culture and community. She received the WSAC Folk Arts Master-Apprentice grants (2008-9, 2009-10) from WSAC to pass on the tradition of Khayal and Thumri to a few select local artists. She received a recording grant from Jack Straw Productions (2009) for her project on the spiritual love songs of the 16th century mystic, Meera Bai. The resulting album, "Meera's Love", won a nomination at the 10th Annual IMA award in the World Music category. Her project "Raag-rang: a musical interpretation of modern Indian style miniature paintings" has received an Individual Artist Project grant from 4Culture (2012).
Srivani is a passionate teacher, and continues to offer workshops in schools, colleges and universities, on the subject of performance, composition and improvisation in Indian music, in addition to master lessons. She has been Artist in Residence at Jack Straw Productions (2008-9), and University of Washington Bothell's Interdisciplinary Arts program (2009). Srivani was founding editor of Ragavani Journal of South Asian Music and Dance (2007-08). She serves on the board of Kirkland Performance Center, a vibrant international art house, and helps curate an annual performance series called Namaste Kirkland.
Srivani comes from an intensely musical family, and was introduced to music at the age of four by her father Bhavani Prasad Jade and uncle Raghavendra Tilwalli. She started her Khayal training with Dr. Sharad Gadre in the Gwalior style (2002-03). Since 2006, she has been studying with Pandit Parameshwar Hegde of Bangalore, India. Under his tutelage, she is expanding her repertoire of raagas and compositions, and imbibing the nuances of the Kirana style. In addition, Srivani has acquired an eclectic collection of Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Hori, Jhoola and Tappa from various sources, including archival recordings. She enjoys the folk verse, emotive capacity and versatile treatment of raagas in these genres.
Srivani has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Thione Diop, percussionist from Senegal, West Africa, is recognized for his powerfully expressive djembe performances. He is descended from an ancestral line of Griot drummers in Senegal, West Africa, and is a master of the djembe (goat skin hand drum), sabar (goat skin drum played with stick and hand), tama ("talking drum", small lizard skin drum played with curved stick and hand), and djun djun (large cow skin drums of 3 different sizes played with sticks).
In 1998, Thione moved to Seattle to teach and perform. A year later he formed Yeke Yeke, a percussion ensemble that has performed the traditional rhythms of West Africa to delighted audiences. Thione also has another band, Afro-Groove, that fuses traditional West African rhythms with elements of modern jazz. Thione is also responsible for some incredible regional events, such as the annual Spirit of West Africa Festival and Kasumai Africa, offering the Pacific Northwest audiences a chance to enjoy immersive experiences in African music, dance, and culture.
Thione has shared the stage with such noteworthy musicians as Poncho Sanchez, Alpha Blondy, Prince Diabate, Lee Oscar and Max Romeo. Thione Diop and his group Yeke Yeke are well known from their many regional appearances in the U.S. and Canadian Northwest. In Senegal, Thione has collaborated with renowned griot artists Babou Laye Cissokho; master Kora player, Thierno Kouyate; Orchestra Baobab saxophonist, Thierno Ba; Xalam master, Samba Ndoc, Tama player for Cheikh Lo and singer Abdoulaye N’Diaye on a number of tracks.
A track from one of his collaborations, Samba Griot, co-produced by Thione and Lynette Wich, is featured in the film The Heartbreak Kid. The track “Lamba” from Jammu Aduna is featured in the documentary film, End of Poverty, by Philip Diaz. Additionally, various tracks from Kham Saa Thiosanne were used in the Spanish documentary film, Metropoluz, by Eduardo Torres. Thione is currently co-producing a documentary film, Modern Day Griots ,with director Malika Weeden.
Aarshin Karande, harmonium
Born and raised in the U.S., Aarshin Karande was initiated into music at age five, learning Tabla and Harmonium from his father, Sanjeev Karande. Aarshin started his formal training in Hindustani Classical vocal music from Smt. Vasu Sundarraj locally, and has received advanced training for several years now from Sandeep Ranade (disciple of Pt. Jasraj). Aarshin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Bothell.
Ravi Albright, tabla
Born in Seattle, Ravi Albright began studying tabla as a child. Ravi became a formal disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of Kolkata, India in 2006, when he was initiated into the Farukhabad Gharana/style of tabla playing. Ravi is now Founder and Director of ACIT Seattle, a non-profit organization, offering ongoing tabla classes, workshops and musical events throughout the year.
Priya Bondre, tanpura
Priya Bondre completed her Sangeet Visharad (B.Music) in India under the guidance of Smt. Leelatai Khandekar. For the last three years, she has been studying Khayal with Srivani Jade.