‘The God of Indian Violin,' Dr L Subramaniam, returns to UK after 5 years

sampad are delighted to be promoting an exclusive performance by the legendary Dr L Subramaniam who will perform on Wed 23rd February at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Subramaniam is the award winning child prodigy turned peerless virtuoso. He is now revered as India's foremost composer and classical violinist and a regular ambassador representing the Asian continent at numerous prestigious and landmark world events such as the commemoration of 100 years of the Nobel Peace Prize.

“L. Subramaniam is the best this listener has heard…”  THE NEW YORK TIMES 

His collaborators include: Stephane Grapelli, Yehudi Menuhin, Herbie Hancock, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Joe Sample, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Larry Corryel, Tony Williams and Maynard Ferguson to name a few. 

 “I find nothing more inspiring than the music making of my very great colleague Subramaniam.  Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment,” said Lord Yehudi Menuhin.

Dr L Subramaniam has also composed music for a selection of films, including “Salaam Bombay” and ‘Mississippi Masala' and was the featured soloist for Bernado Bertolucci's ‘Little Buddha' and ‘Cotton Mary' of Merchant – Ivory Productions. He is of iconic status, a living legend in the eyes of many.

 “Music is a vast ocean and no one can claim to know it all.  The more you know, the more you realise how little you know.  It is an eternal quest.”

In addition to the performance at CBSO, Subramaniam will be a compositional mentor in resident on sampad's Music Lab.  The guru of Indian violin will be sharing his knowledge and understanding with emerging and established South Asian UK based musicians in an intimate two week period culminating in a performance on the 23rd February before he himself takes to stage on the evening.

 “In the West, I have heard only one other music which is as meditative, serene, powerful and yet equally joyful – that of Johann Sebastian Bach” says a leading critic of Subramaniam. 


Notes to editor:

Media Contact -
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Sukhi Jagpal, Marketing and local press officer, 0121 446 4312 or email sukhi@sampad.org.uk
Performance: CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Centenary Square, Birmingham. 23rd February 2005, 7.30pm, Tickets £12 (£9 concessions) box office: 0121 780 3333

Additional Information about Dr L Subramaniam (www.indianviolin.com)
Family: Taught by his guru and father Professor V. Lakshminarayana.
He re-married in 1999 to Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam (the famous play-back singer for Bollywood films) who he often performs with. He has one daughter Seetaa Subramaniam (from first wife who deceased) who is also a musician and features in his new emerging global fusion album, tentatively called ‘Beyond Borders'.
Awards include: Padma Bushan (2001), Sangeet Natkan Akademi Award for  ‘the most creative artist' from the President of India, ‘Nada Chakravati' (Emperor of Sound) from H. H Srio Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami-Ji at Trinidad (West Indies).
Creations with orchestras include: New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta – ‘Fantasy on Vedic Chant', The Swiss Romande Orchestra – ‘Turbulence', The Oslo Philharmonic – ‘The Concert of Two Violins', The Berlin Opera – ‘Global Symphony

South Asian Artists Subramaniam has collaborated with:
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Alathur Srinivasa Iyer, T.R. Mahalingam, Palghat Mani Iyer, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Allah Rakha, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Music Lab – Dr L Subramaniam
sampad is planning to run a creative music lab in February 2005 for British based musicians working in South Asian classical music, led by an internationally renowned mentor. This lab follows on from and builds on work begun in a similar lab that took place in July 2004. Dr L Subramaniam, will be exploring ways of combining Western musical concepts of harmony, orchestration and counterpoint with Indian classical ragas and rhythmic structures. The overall aim of the project is to provide professional development for experienced musicians in an environment that will lead to the creation of work and new partnerships.

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