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In Bangalore, some years ago, a very intensive friendship was born with two bandleaders: Amith Nadig and Matthias Schriefl.
Schriefl, who arguably is the topmost trumpeter in the world today, is also two times winner of the prestigious New German Jazz Prize. He is one of the foremost Jazz Composers, Bandleader and MultiInstrumentalist of Europe today and effortlessly adapts to multiple genres of music across the world including the Indian Carnatic system of music.
Amith Nadig, a virtuous flute player, who had already performed with the sub-continent’s best classical musicians was not satisfied tackling with his own complex musical culture. Hence, he diversifies into playing Samba, Blues, Mambos, Yodeling etc. Also Nivedita Sharma, a Bharatanatyam dancer who likes to break out of her genre adds a different dimension to the band with a visual appeal. The 5 musicians are constantly trying to discover the connections of jazz harmony and Indian Ragas as well as mutual grooves around the globe. It’s fascinating, when the complex of South-Indian rhythms and European harmony is created. Added are the interactions by the charming dancer who dances with the musicians and sometimes are the Alpine sounds accompanied by two young percussion maestros Vinod Shyam Anoor and Sunaad Anoor. True friendships, even far beyond the music are created. A virtuous meeting which in this manner appears to be enjoyed only in a heavenly environment, offers a borderless and an unconditional joy for music.
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Amith comes from a family of musicians and has been widely acclaimed as a child prodigy of Karnataka. He is the son and student of flautist Vidwan B.K.Anantharam. He underwent training under Padma Bhushana Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.R.K.Srikantan to learn the finer aspects of the Gayaki Style of flute playing for almost 2 decades.
He has been performing on stage for the past 23 years and has performed at all prestigious festivals all over India and abroad.
He effortlessly adapts his playing to perform with musicians from different genres of music including Karnatic, Hindustani, Jazz, Fusion etc. which makes him a very sought after flautist in India today.
Amith is one of the youngest “A” graded artistes of ALL INDIA RADIO and has been featured on the most prestigious National Programme of Music at a very young age of 21 and also the South Zone hook-up concert from Doordarshan. A recipient of Ananya Yuva Puraskara for the year 2016, Amith has had the honor of being the only Indian to have been invited to perform at the Dusseldorf Church Organ Festival and JazzArt Festival in 2016.
He has been awarded the annual award of Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira in the year 2017 and has been accompanied by some of the top ranking musicians of India.
In October 2018, Amith was invited as a featured solist in the most prestigious HR-Frankfurt Big Band where he presented music from his Indo-Jazz band “The Amithias Project” along with world renowned trumpet virtuoso Matthias Schreifl.
In May 2017, Amith performed in Europe’s biggest jazz Festival at Germany as part of Jazz Fruhling.
Apart from being a flutist, Amith is also a software lead at SM Netserv Technologies being able to balance both his career and passion by staying focused and working hard day in and day out bringing nothing but excellence to the table.
Matthias Schriefl, born in 1981, grew up on the edge of the Alps in Maria Rain. From 2000 to 2005 he studied in Cologne and Amsterdam. Since 2006 he has been organizing the concert series Jazz-O-Rama at the Artheater Köln. From 2008 to 2010, he toured with his band Shreefpunk as the “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization through the major concert halls of Europe. After that he experimented mainly with alpine music. In 2012, he released the multi-award-winning album Six, Alps & Jazz on ACT’s Young German Jazz series. This is followed until today regularly by new CD recordings with various bands in which he as a musician and composer to his respective fellow musicians like “tailor made” his pieces on the body.
Schriefl lives in Cologne and partly in the Allgäu. His musical curiosity inspires him again and again on longer study trips to India and stays in African and South American countries, where he deals with various musical traditions. In 2016, his versatile involvement paid off with the World Music Prize RUTH in Rudolstadt. He knows and loves big stages and the wide world, but attaches importance to bring jazz to small, rural venues regularly.
Vinod Shyam Anoor
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,Dholak, dholki and konnakkol etc. He is an active member of young vibrant percussion team Layalavanya and performs regularly with his Indian classical fusion band Nada Kalarava. Vinod has also performed at Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and the Frankfurt jazz festival – 2018.
Sunaad 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.
Nivedita Sharma Nadig
As a person with zest for art and passion, Nivedita has been trained in classical dance form of Bharatanatyam from 1994 the able guidance of Prof M.R.Krishnamurthy at the Kalakshithi School of fine arts, Bangalore.
Having passed junior, senior and Vidwat exams with distinction, Nivedita has also been a proud recipient of the scholarship for Bharatanatyam from the Central Cultural and Resource Training Board, New Delhi.
One of the very few dancers today who has been at the forefront of cross cultural exhibitions of Bharatanatyam, Nivedita has performed with Jazz musicians across the globe. She effortlessly combines her deep understanding of Bharatanatyam with complex rhythmic patterns in the Jazz structure in addition to showcasing her Abhinaya skill along with multi layered Jazz harmonies.
Due to this skill, Nivedita has been invited on multiple tours to Germany, France, Morocco, Italy and many other countries to perform with international acts such as “Unterbeiberger Hofmusik”, “The Amithias Project”, “Six Alps and Jazz” etc.
Her dance with these top bands has received rave reviews in the international circuit, so much so that, she is the first Indian classical dancer to have been featured in the Dusseldorf Church Organ Festival.Of late, Nivedita has had the distinction of having performed at the prestigious Jazz-Art festival of Schwabisch Hall, Germany.
Nivedita is also an accomplished contemporary dancer having trained under Shashikant in addition to being a prime member of the dance group Samathvam. She is adept at choreographing dance sequences in both themed and non-themed categories for many colleges and schools who have gone on to win prizes in competitions all over India.
Nivedita runs her own dance school where she trains many students in different parts of Bangalore. Apart from working as a dance faculty in many organizations, Nivedita also conducts workshops and seminars in addition to choreographing dance sequences for children. Her new venture called “Rhymes-Natyam” focuses on introducing classical dance to toddlers and has received rave reviews amongst parents and children alike.
Nivedita also has learnt sitar from Ustad Bale Khan and Pandit RadhaKrishnaas well as learns the art of Konnakkol from Vidwan Somashekar Jois.
Nivedita now lives in Bangalore and is married to Amith Nadig, a popular flautist from whom she is also learning the finer aspects of rhythm.
She rededicates her years ahead to this divine art form in which she always finds inner peace and fulfillment.