Srikanth, Jyotsna

Traditional music from South India. Jyotsna's Carnatic Nomad is selected for Womex 2017 showcase on 27th Oct Friday at 11.00pm at Theatre Stage(NOSPR)

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Hailing from Bangalore and now based in London, Jyotsna is Europe’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates South Indian Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour. Approaching every musical interaction with a forward-thinking outlook and elastic expressivity, Jyotsna is just as likely be found revelling in raga rotations or jamming in free jazz, often marrying the two.

Jyotsna went on to begin a successful career lending her talent to the film industry, playing on over two hundred South Indian cinematic soundtracks. Upon moving to London her work expanded to include television and engagements in prestigious venues & festivals of Europe.

Currently Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. Her album Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) cemented her position as a ‘major instrumentalist of vision and imagination’ (fRoots) and ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian).

Jyotsna’s sound is distinct, mirroring her many influences. At times her tone is strong and romantic harking back to the lushly orchestrated cinematic soundtracks of her early career, at times she consciously echoes the slipping and sliding microtonal modulations of traditional fiddle players from rural Mysore where the instruments are constructed from a coconut shell and single string. At other times she strides in sixties jazz swing or winds and waxes a contemporary looping motif. Jyotsna prizes the concept of bhava (emotion), imbuing every note with audible passion and intensity.

Jyotsna teaches at many universities throughout the world and her workshops on appreciating South Indian music and comparative studies between Indian and western violin are popular.

Jyotsna is also the founder and curator of London International Arts Festival (LIAF) and leads Dhruv Arts, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation for South Indian music and the director of Dhruva Foundation, Bangalore (South India).

Jyotsna will be presenting Carnatic Nomad at Womex 2017. Carnatic Nomad is traditional music from South India performed on the South Indian Carnatic violin and singing along with two percussionists playing the mridangam - south Indian two sided drum and morsing (jewish harp). She will perform compositions from the 15th century along with some present day compositions with generous improvisations in the South Indian singing style with interlacing special glissandos called ‘gamakas'. The violin travelled from the west to east during late 18th century to get adapted to Indian music.

***** 5 stars
Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

‘...Jyotsna Srikanth is an extraordinary and versatile violinist... free-flowing, often mesmerising’
**** 4 stars - The Guardian, July 2013

‘...full of delicate ornamentation’
**** 4 stars - The Evening Standard

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