Rajasthan – Wisconsin Project

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This page is dedicated to a new 2017 collaborative effort between Bhargav Mistry of Udaipur, India and Dr. Jonathan Overby of Wisconsin in the U.S.  The mission of this project is to develop opportunities for musicians from Northern India to perform in Wisconsin as a means of building cultural bridges through the power of music and to create greater understanding between diverse cultures and groups around the world.

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Bhargav Mistry, sarod player, recording artist, teacher and disciple of guru Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has toured and performed extensively thorough India and across the globe.  Mistry’s travels include a recent 2016 tour in the U.S. along with former tours in the UK, South Korea and France.  His endeavors include presenting a series of lectures and demonstrations at universities in South Dakota, Sangeet Dhwani, California, a performance for CRN Productions at Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur in March 2010, Mewar festival in March 2010 featuring a duet with Turkish musician Barbaros Erkose on clarinet.

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Find it on Amazon CD: Road To India, Silk Road, 2010
Sarod player and composer Bhargav Mistry – the composer behind the band “Shivoham” (listen to the sublime and austere “Shankara”Shankara and the lush, grandiose “Shanti Mantras”Shanti mantras (Peace Mantras)), takes here a break to enjoy a carefree handling of his sarod in Cool Jazz mode, inviting us to a pleasurable Easy Listening session.

This Indian Fusion project came as a breath of fresh air for jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Corrado Rossi who composes regularly for film and television and whose style reveals a great kinship with Eric Serra’s soundtrack of the 80’s Le Grand Bleu – (Big Blue which was also film director Luc Besson’s first international blockbuster) – and adds a cinematic quality to Mistry’s sarod blues.

These tracks, entirely composed and recorded via Internet, are bright and carefree and illustrate the lifestyle of modern urban India. They could make a great sound score for images of contemporary India.

“Shankara”, “Shanti Mantras” and now “Road To India” definitively establish Bhargav Mistry as one of the most gifted and versatile composers to emerge from the contemporary classical scene in India.

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Find it Amazon CD: SRecent music tour in 2011 and 2012 was in the US, with Lec dem sessions at Stanford University, program at The NeXus, San Fransisco and Brookings Public Library, SD, Convocation concerts at other universities and for various other organizations including Shikshantar, Rotary club, and Maharana Kumbha Sangeet sansthan.

Collaborations:   With Turkish musician Barbaros Erkose, Phillippe Moncho (French), Corrado Rossi (Italian), Guilliano Modarelli (Guitarist), Korean musicians and Folk musicians of Rajasthan, Aparna Panshikar (vocalist, Pune)

Awards: Gold medalist in 7th year from Sur Nandan Bharati, Calcutta and Mistry has been a featured recording artist on Jonathan’s world music broadcast “The Road To Higher Ground” on Wisconsin Public Radio in the U.S.

Africasong is pleased to work with Bhargav Mistry and a means of creating greater understanding between diverse groups through the power of music.  Please watch here for updates on this project with the goal of bringing some of India’s finest musicians to Wisconsin in 2018.

The project includes Wisconsin musicians who will travel to the city of Udaipur in India to do the same in 2019. This design of this effort is still in the early stages and is in need of volunteers who would like to assist with making this all happen. And, because Bhargav and I deeply believe that music has the power to increase our understanding of each other, we’re both lending our full support to this effort.  I hope you will join Bhargav and I by helping to bring this project to life.

Thank you all for your responses on the survey (cited below) so far. Please feel free to share the news with others. I’ve noted the references and suggestions as well. We’ll have no shortage of Rajasthan-based musicians to consider for the project. Bhargav Mistry will facilitate these elements as the project develops. And, if there are other collectives engaged in similar activities, we can certainly learn from their efforts and perhaps partner on some common aspects for this projects concert series which includes some master classes and a possible recording session with audience at WPR for future broadcast and or podcast. –Jonathan

If you would like to be considered as a planning committee member of this developing collective, please complete the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLJGVWC