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As the name suggests, Sanyog brings together five talented young instrumentalists belonging to diverse musical traditions, wielding assorted instruments. The group led by Apoorva Krishna, a Carnatic violinist with several international accolades, Hami Keivan – an Iranian pianist and composer in the tradition of Jazz fusion and Jerzy Mączyński, a polish saxophonist-composer. The ensemble also comprises of two versatile Indian percussionists- Anoor Vinod Shyam and Sunaad Anoor, who besides playing mridangam and Kanjira are also adept in playing other percussion instruments.
Apoorva Krishna is an accomplished South Indian Classical Violinist, in the Carnatic genre of music. She received the Young Artiste award from Tarisio Trust, UK in 2017, making her the first Indian to have ever received the grant. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Dr. MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship in Music Award from the prestigious Shanmukananda Fine Arts Sabha, Mumbai for years 2018 and 2019.
Born in New Jersey; of Murali Krishna and Arathi Murthy, and raised in India, Apoorva is an A Grade Ranking artiste from the All India Radio, Bengaluru. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in Masters in Contemporary Performance and is presently pursuing Post Masters Fellowship from Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Boston USA.
She released her debut album, ‘Apoorva Thillanas’, on March,2018. Her original composition ‘Ragamaya’, featured the legendary singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan and was awarded the Third Prize at The Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition 2019, Berlin.
She loves collaborating with artists working of non-Indian musical styles and spreading Indian Classical Music through her violin to the global audience. Her music is soul stirring and is achieving rave reviews from both critics and audiences. At Berklee Valencia, she extensively collaborated with artistes across various genres, cultures and backgrounds to create new sounds, cutting across borders or boundaries.
She has performed over 500 concerts in India and abroad and has received accolades from prestigious music festivals and competitions at the national and international level. She won the award as Best Violinist at the Madras Music Academy in the Spirit of Youth Festival and the Sheik Chinna Moulana Yuva Puraskar from the Indian National Reality Show Naadbhed.
Iranian pianist and composer in jazz fusion music style Hami Keivan latest release “Music for Themes” (2017) for solo piano, is based on traditional Iranian music. He has previously released “Minimal for Noise and Piano which is for Piano, Synthesizer and iPad” (2014), and “The Colors” (2013).
Born in Isfahan to a musical family on May 7, 1987, Hami’s musical studies began at the age of 6 with the tombak, an Iranian hand drum. His first music teacher was his father a professional hand drum player. At 15, he entered the “Young Music Festival” in Isfahan and ranked first in this nationwide percussion music event. But 1 year later, he gravitated towards the piano as his primary instrument and went on to a music high school for a three-year course in 2001-2002. “I loved the percussion yet I wanted to learn composition and find new colors on melodic instruments,” he says. “When I was 8 I watched a Yanni concert in black and white TV and said to myself, the piano is another planet in my music life.” In fact, I used to play tombak, I wanted to compose melodies on a melodic instrument.
While studying European classical music in high school, he grew interested in contemporary music and composition. “ I was 17 and tried to buy some tapes and books to learn more about musicians such as Arnold Schoenberg and Bela Bartok,” he says. “ I just wanted to find out more about Modern Music and new words in music ocean.”
After his graduation from high school, he moved to Tehran to work on his piano technique and his composition. In fact, he then continued his education at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, focusing on composition and piano in 2006. He studied composition and piano with Marina Aghabakian, Alex Havansian, and Mohammad Pazhutan. He also studied David Cope’s method in modern composition and electronic music composition with professor Mohammad Pazhutan. During this time, he also worked on his first symphony, written in a contemporary style.
After graduation, Hami decided to explore a fusion music style. “ I love jazz and electronic music, and I’m also a fan of Iranian music,” explains Hami. “So I decided to fuse Iranian music with jazz and electronic music to expand the traditional sound.”
In 2013, he released his first album, “The Colors,” composed for Iranian instruments and computer. In 2014, He entered two pieces of his album, “Red” and “Black,” in the FAJR music festival Tehran, Iran and won a second place among 120 entries. To continue expanding his vocabulary he took online courses at Berklee, including Jazz Improvisation with Gary Burton in 2014.
His music career is not limited to composing and performing. Hami enjoys being an educator and has been teaching piano and composition at Baste Negar, Maktoob Nokhost and Hezar Dastan music have instituted in Iran since 2007.
He is currently completing his Masters on Contemporary Performance and Production Concentration at the Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain.
Jerzy Mączyński (born on 17.03.1995) – Polish saxophonist and composer. From an early age, he was educated in Jazz Music Schools and classical music classes (including “Bednarska” in Warsaw). A graduate of the Music Academy in Wrocław, Jerzy spent the last years of his undergraduate studies on a scholarship in Denmark, where he perfected his music skills at Syddanskmusikkonservatorium. From September 2018, he began his master’s studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the field of contemporary music performance. Jerzy is the Co-founder of the freejazz collective P.E. Quartet, with which in 2018 he released an album titled “Whatever”. He is the Leader of the music concept team Jerry & ThePelcianSystem with which in May 2019 he released his debut album. He has played on many Polish and international stages, including: at music festivals: Jazz Jamboree, Ferrara Buskers Festival, JazzJantar, Jazztopad, in the European Parliament in Brussels as part of EXPO2017. He has learnt from personalities such as Greg Osby,Michał Kulenty and Zbigniew Namysłowski. He is an active musician and collaborated with musicians from around the world, including Thomas de Perquery and Nitin Sawhney. He is constantly looking for the most varied sounds. His style is deeply rooted in the European avant-garde genre.
Anoor Vinod Shyam
Anoor Vinod Shyam, was born into the family of musicians. He started learning Mridangam at the age of 10 under Vidwan Rudrapatnam Sathyakumar and presently learning under his father Vidwan GanakalaShree Anoor R Ananthakrishna Sharma, the well known multi-talented percussionist.
He won second prize in the All India Radio National level competition 2012 and presently B-high graded artist of All India Radio.He has also won the Ananya Nadajyothi Kalapratibha Puraskara, Best Mridangam Artist Award during Kalavanta series organized by KFAC in 2015-16, Shortlisted as one among the top 10 young percussionists in the renowned Dumru Rhythm Festival, Ranked as one among top 10 Carnatic Classical musicians in the year 2016 by a musical blog The Humming Heart, and the Artist of the year award by Swara – Sunaadha Trust. Vinod Shyam has performed with stalwarts like Vid. S. Shankar, Mysore HK Narsimhamurthy, Kanyakumari, M S Sheela, pt. pravin godkhindi, Pt. Ravindra yavagal, pt. sathyajit talwalkar, Ustaad Shujath Khan, Sarod duo Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali bangash to name a few.
Being a percussion enthusiast, he also plays other percussion instruments like Pakhawaj,Khanjira,tabla,
Hails from a family of Musicians. He is the fifth generation musician from his family. His Gurus include his Father Vid. Anoor Dattatreya Sharma, his Uncle – Vid. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and his Cousin – Vinod Shyam Anoor.
Sunaad has been awarded the 1st place for Khanjira in the AIR National Level competition in 2012, the prestigious ITC Sangeetha Research Academy Award, the Kalavanta 2015 award, and the T A Harihara Sharma award from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. Sunaad has performed with many eminent musicians in and around India and has toured with the Amithias project having played with the prestigious HR big band in Germany
Sunaad has also played other instruments like Chande, Sammela, Cajon and etc with ensembles like Layalahari, LayaLavanya, and Kalarava to name a few.