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Performer

Guitarist and Composer

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 29 May 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

For ‘Bangalore 1974’, Konarak Reddy will perform a range of music from the 17th century to the present, which takes the audience through a meditative experience, while telling the musical story of Bangalore. You can expect to hear the stories behind Brahms‘ Lullaby, Handel’s Presto in D minor, and Konarak’s Prelude in A that leads into ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Harold Arlen, while listening to him playing them. You will hear about old music teachers of Bangalore like Marion Fewkes and Mr. Lumas, about a certain Nadaswaram player on Cavalry Road, about the Music Strip in Cubbon Park. You will also be privy to Konarak’s own compositions that span the range of his experiences, growing up in Bangalore, playing at venues like Rex Theatre and RSI, listening to bands at 3 Aces, being arrested during the Emergency at 58 St.Mark’s Road, reading Sri Aurobindo personal experiences of a certain period of time in Bangalore, interpreted through music. 

This concert is part of a series of solo guitar concerts initiated to celebrate 50 years of Konarak Reddy’s music. Each concert is uniquely conceptualised, with a special set list.

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Performer

Konarak Reddy

Guitarist and Composer

Konarak first studied western classical theory on guitar and completed his LTCL (Trinity College of Music) and LRSM (Royal School of Music) licentiate exams in the same. Simultaneously he studied Carnatic music from Veena Vishalakshi, TAS Mani and Nadaswaram Babu. Later he took to a second instrument, sarod, which he studied with Pandit Rajeev Taranath and Pandit Debiprasad Ghosh. At age 18, he was awarded a scholarship to study jazz composition and arrangement at Berklee College of Music, Boston. In 1989, he went to the Musicians Institute, Hollywood, where he studied with Joe Diorio, Peter Sprague and Scott Henderson and received a diploma in jazz improvisation. 

This year marks 50 years of Konarak’s music. The journey began with the Konarak Band in the 70s; playing with musicians such as Leela Walters, Jerry Demos, Ramani Krishna, George Laval, Vemu Mukunda, TAS and Rama Mani, Shanthi Rao, Rajeev Devasthali, Rajesh Srinivas, Muthu Kumar and others; through his years composing for theatre and film (including award-winning films, such as Wild Wind, Devarakadu and Guhya); and creating his albums Searching for the Goddess and Solar Avatar. Between 2008 and 2020, he performed in fingerstyle concert tours and festivals in Europe, North America and Canada with guitarists such as Don Ross, Claus Boesser-Ferrari, Peter Finger, Bob Bonastre, Masa Sumide, Sandor Szabo, Jacques Stotzem and Dylan Fowler among others. 

This was his inspiration to start the Global Guitar Gita, All India Fingerstyle and World Guitar Nights concert series which he curated and produced for over twenty years, in association with the Goethe-Institut, Bangalore from 2009 onwards, to support young Indian musicians and encourage local talent. He also curated Bhoomi Jatre, a non-sponsored arts festival for three years, together with Fireflies Ashram. Konarak’s home has always been a safe haven for the arts and artists, with support for the creation of films, theatre, poetry, sculpture and other art forms, and the free flow of ideas.

Konarak’s current concert series is The Guitar Book of Revelations, where he shares his music in solo concerts at small venues around the country, including Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tiruvannamalai and Kalimpong.