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Abhijit Nath explains the Metaverse and joins his band for an evening of fusion music.
Into the Metaverse (6 pm – 7 pm)
A 101 primer / FAQs on the Meta Universe. What is Web3? The ownership economy? How Crypto, Non Fungible Tokens (NFT), Blockchain fit? How do Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) interact with these? And how do all of these add up to the Metaverse? Where are we today? Finally what does this mean for the Arts?
Red Earth and Pouring Rain Concert (7.30 pm – 8.30 pm)
A voice/guitar duo (with session musicians augmenting the lineup on bass and drums) that focus on traditional and improvisational music seasoned with contemporary influences. Their interest span Carnatic, Jazz and Latin American music, aiming to bring the emotional core of each of these genres to fresh audiences.
Speaker | Performers
Abhijit Nath has been a musician for most of his life, starting with the guitar and moving on to the sarod. Middle class realities intervened, however, and he went on to study economics in Delhi and management at IIM Ahmedabad. He spent most of his career in PE and VC, before going back to his true love, studying jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music. He is currently building out the future of music as the founder of a Web-3 enabled “metaverse for music” app.
Abhijit Nath (guitar, electronics) is a guitarist, sarod player. composer and arranger. His primary interests are modal forms of music, and how they can interact in unusual harmonic contexts. A few years ago, he decided to study this interaction more deeply and studied jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music, Boston. He is currently working on a few projects that meld Carnatic music with jazz, baroque & 20th century classical, and minimalism. His influences include Steve Reich, John McLaughlin, the ECM Records roster, Tigran Hamasyan, Bill Evans, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Ustad Amir Khan, and JS Bach.
Harini Iyer (vocals, keyboards) is a classically trained Carnatic vocalist, singer song-writer and arranger from Chennai. She is currently on her gap year from studying Contemporary Music and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She blends raga and jazz idioms into something fresh and exciting and has been formally trained in Carnatic music for 12 years, and the classical Indian dance form Bharatnatyam for 15 years. She grew up doting on Bombay Jayasree, TM Krishna and Aruna Sriram and draws inspiration from them. She was invited by the Mediterranean Music Institute to perform in the Rhythm of the Lorca Berklee Performance Center show featuring the world renowned cajon player Israel“El Piraña” Suarez and was featured on the radio podcast “Hoy Por Hoy/ Cadena SER“ with Latin Grammy-Winner Javier Limon.
Rohit PS has been playing drums for 11 years and has been playing professionally for the last 8 years, during which he sessioned with local musicians playing a multitude of genres and toured the country with international artistes such as Shilpa Ananth(Brooklyn), Drew Of The Drew(Los Angeles), Akram Abdulfattah(Palestine).
Haripriya Narasimhan has played bass with several musical acts across genres, such as Moon Arra (jazz fusion), Poptarts (neo-soul, funk) and Bangalore Broadway Company (broadway big band). She is also part of an experimental soul funk band called RiOT. She is currently exploring jazz/bebop. Jazz fascinates her with its intellectual and emotional depth, coupled with its freedom of expression. Apart from being an active part of the Bangalore music scene, Haripriya teaches electric bass and guitar. She has taught close to 80 students.