Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
Carnatic music with distinction and an inimitable style
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan sings classical Carnatic music with distinction, innovation, and an inimitable personal style. Dubbed a “local treasure” by SF Classical Voice, and “a magnet for local Indian classical musicians” by the SF Chronicle, Gautam has galvanized the local scene, his compelling musicality and unique approach enabling him to inflect a tradition through himself so that listeners feel it speaks directly to them, and that its subtle beauty has grown new roots. Gautam’s music expresses authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia – it is “new music from an old tradition” (SFJAZZ Festival), representing the “ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music” (SF International Arts Festival).
His performances feature original compositions rendered with the extensive vocal improvisation and traditional rhythmic rapport within the ensemble for which South Indian music is known. Fundamentally committed to musicianship, his concerts also give place to the art of the song, wherein prosody and rhyme feature as musical elements, and melody is jointly narrative with meaning. His texts in his native tongue – born in Texas with the middle name to show for it – allow his listeners an unprecedented experience of the structure of Carnatic music, and a natural purchase on its elaborate song forms.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan – song
Ajay Narasimha – violin
Karthik Gopalratnam – mridangam
Ganesh Ramanarayanan – kanjira
Christina Boyd – tambura
$12-20 Admission. Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm.