Crescendo- The rise of Classical Guitar in India |Reis Magos Fort, Oct 30th, 2019

2235077A-694B-4346-BD09-0082305C3632South Asia’s best-known classical guitar festival takes place every December in Kolkata. The biggest names in the international classical guitar world – Grammy winners, legendary composers, celebrated performers – come to the city to give concerts and teach Indian students. Behind this festival is the Indian Guitar Federation (IGF), an association of collectives from across the country, and its director, Veda Aggarwal.

The classical guitar is mostly a solo instrument that lives on the margins of western classical music, sometimes featured in chamber music, and rarely with an orchestra. So, how is there such a high-profile event for a relatively insignificant instrument in India? Who are these students of classical guitar in our country? How did they get introduced to it to begin with? And how has the landscape, for this kind of music, changed over the years?

Veda Aggrawal will address these questions in a talk, along with a performance by Shyamant Behal, a professional classical guitarist based in Goa. She will speak about India’s classical guitar scene, the challenges students and performers face, and how the IGF has promoted the culture that surrounds this ‘lonely’ instrument.

Contribution 200/-. Poster by Pale Blue Dot, Goa

Shyamant Behal on Guitar | 26th August 2019 #mondayfixgoa, 6 Assagao, 7.30 pm

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Shyamant Behal will be playing music primarily from the South American countries of Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Paraguay and Venezuela. The pieces are for the most part composed in the 20th century. However, while some of the pieces from Cuba and Venezuela are written in traditional styles based on folk music, some of the Brazilian music by H. Villa-Lobos takes more modern forms. As a monsoon feature, he will be adding a number of lullabies to the program.

He perfected his skills as a musician while studying under Geneviève Chanut at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and received a Diplôme d’Éxecution at the end of his studies. He also enrolled at the École Nationale de Musique et de Danse de Cachan, and was awarded a Médaille d’Or upon completing his Diplôme d’Études Musicales. Since his return to India in 2007, he has given a number of concerts across the country, both as a soloist and with various ensembles.

Limited Seating. Donation based programme.

Artwork by Pale Blue Dot.

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Classical Guitar Recital | Santanu Datta | October 15th at 6 Assagao and October 17th, 2018 at The Mandrem House, 7.30 pm

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Recital I {15th October, Monday, at 6 Assagao 7.30-10 pm}
Title: THE LATIN GUITAR

Description: Guitar music from Spain and Latin America. The programme will include works by Albéniz, Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer and others. | Duration: 90 minutes

Recital II {17th October at The Mandrem House 7.30-10 pm}
Title: GUITAR MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES

Description : From Sixteenth Century English Lute music to contemporary Classical Guitar works. The programme will include works by J S Bach, Fernando Sor, Augustin Barrios, Joaquin Turina and others. | Duration: 90 minutes

Bio:
Composer & classical guitarist Santanu Datta is an alumni of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (2011-2016, Diplôme Supérieur) where he studied composition, writing and aesthetics, orchestration and analysis with distinguished musicians like Edith Lejet, Stéphane Delplace, Anthony Girard, Narcis Bonet and others.

Santanu studied the classical guitar and historical performance practices with French lutist and guitarist François Martin and received DEM, FTCL and LRSM in guitar performance. A graduate of the IIT Kharagpur (2011), Santanu has performed widely in India and France as a soloist. He has received several scholarships for his studies and his compositions have been performed by musicians from all over the world.

Food and beverages will be available in venue. Request patrons for donations of Rs 200/- and upwards for sustaining these events. https://www.facebook.com/events/2147134338841578/

Five centuries of Spanish Guitar music| Santanu Datta|December 11th, 2017\ #mondayfix|6 Assagao|7-10 pm

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Santanu Datta, composer, classical guitarist, singer and music educator, graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 2011 and moved to Paris to study Western Art Music. He studied music composition, writing and aesthetics, orchestration, classical guitar and chamber music with distinguished musicians like Edith Lejet, Stéphane Delplace, Anthony Girard, Narcis Bonet, François Martin and others. In 2016, he successfully completed the prestigious Diplôme Supérieur (Masters) in Composition from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with unanimous voting of the jury. Santanu also holds DEM and LTCL in classical guitar performance and has performed widely in India and France. He has received several scholarships for his studies and his compositions have been performed by musicians from all over the world.

Santanu Datta Music He will play works by Luis de Narvaez, Gasper Sanz, Fernando Sor, Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, Emilio Pujol and others.There will be program note for the audience.

This is a donation based event. There will be North Eastern food and beverages.

El Abejorro or the bumblebee by Emilio Pujol : based on the two-string tremolo technique. – Santanu Datta – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go57J-gXwLo

Santanu Datta plays Granada by Isaac Albeniz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlnJ8YSOd-s

 

 

An evening of Guitar music/ altREASONS

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Shyamant and ISh S (edGeCut | Sound Reasons)

This live performance will feature contemporary Latin and classical guitar music along with improvisations and collaborations.

Shyamant began playing the classical guitar at the age of fourteen, and performed regularly at concerts organized by the Delhi School of Music. He finished his Grade 8 Trinity College exams in 1998, and after completing his Bachelors in History from Delhi University, went to study in Paris with a scholarship from the French Government. He perfected his skills as a musician while studying under Geneviève Chanut at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and received a Diplôme d’Éxecution at the end of his studies. He also enrolled at the École Nationale de Musique et de Danse de Cachan, and was awarded a Médaille d’Or upon completing his Diplôme d’Études Musicales.

Since his return to India in 2007, he has given a number of concerts across the country, both as a soloist and with various ensembles.

ISh S (Sound Reasons)
http://soundreasons.in/Ish-S
http://soundreasons.in/edgecut
https://soundcloud.com/edgecut/ish-solo-guitar-sketches-2006

Please gather by 7 pm for food, beverages and seats. It is a donation based event.

For online patronage – https://www.patreon.com/6Assagao