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The Alaya Project ft/ special guest vocalist Roopa Mahadevan

Sunday, November 13

$25 – $35
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Seating times: 6:30-7pm & 8:30pm

Black Cat JAZZ@theEDGE!! Presents: The Alaya Project

The Alaya Project is the essential bridge between the intricate Carnatic style of Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. Born in the cultural bastion of Oakland, California, The Alaya Project explores new textures and perspectives built over two decades of friendship, dialogue, and musical immersion across genres and continents. The driving hybrid kit grooves of Indian percussionist and drummer, Rohan Krishnamurthy, the soulful Ragas and melodies of Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone, and the harmonic bedrock of Colin Hogan embodies the permanence of a changing soundscape.

Indian-American percussionist/drummer/educator Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy has been heralded the “pride of India” by The Times of India. Described as “quickly becoming one of the leading interpreters of Indian classical and cross-genre music on the scene today” by Jazziz, Rohan began his international music career at the age of nine, and went on to become a celebrated artist and educator. He has performed mridangam with all of the leading Indian classical artists and many Grammy Award-winning crossover artists. He received a Ph.D. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music in New York and has taught classes everywhere from Harvard University to Kyoto University in Japan. Rohan is the recipient of many prestigious awards for his cross-genre innovations in music.

Indian-American saxophonist and composer Prasant Radhakrishnan has been applauded by the San Francisco Chronicle for “pioneering trans-cultural terrain.” Specializing in Carnatic music, he has blurred the line between deep tradition and innovation over a 23-year career. Prasant has lectured at many prestigious universities in the U.S., including UC Berkeley.Pianist Colin Hogan has performed on five continents with many top names in jazz, including James Moody and Maria Schneider. A San Francisco native, he has worked as a music educator at SFJAZZ, Cal State East Bay, and the California Jazz Conservatory. For The Alaya Project, Colin brings his skills as an accordion pianist to form the harmonic bedrock of their sound.Special guest vocalist Roopa Mahadevan is known for her magnetic stage presence and powerful poignant voice. While she is a classical Indian vocalist, Roopa is also very versatile across genres – from world music to jazz, R&B, and soul.

Special guest vocalist Roopa Mahadevan is known for her magnetic stage presence and powerful poignant voice. While she is a classical Indian vocalist, Roopa is also very versatile across genres – from world music to jazz, R&B, and soul. Roopa brings a critical commentary, humor, and authenticity to her work, often invoking her talents in dance and theater.

Roopa received formative training in Carnatic vocal music under Asha Ramesh of the Bay Area, and furthered her training under Suguna Varadachari in Chennai, India through the Fulbright scholarship. Roopa has performed in prestigious venues such as Chennai’s Music Academy during the December music season, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Millenium Stage, Joe’s Pub and more. She is a soloist on Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns and is a coveted member of many cutting-edge ensembles, including Brooklyn Raga Massive.

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Date:
Sunday, November 13
Cost:
$25 – $35