Festivals & Concerts
The Twin-Composer Melharmony Festivals in cities like Madison, WI and Chicago, IL have blazed a new trail in world music with their unique approach of featuring classical master-composers who influenced the development of melody and harmony in different parts of the world. Prominent Western composers include J S Bach, Mozart and Beethoven who were paired with Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi, Tyagaraja and Muttuswami Dikshitar respectively.
The typical format of these festivals would be pure melodic interpretations of those like Tyagaraja and classical interpretations of Beethoven and others followed by a climactic phase that featured melharmonic arrangements of the melodic works performed jointly by all musicians. Besides, these festivals give opportunities for young artists and students of diverse cultures to showcase their talent and also include interactive panel discussions/academic sessions/lectures which have enthralled and engaged diverse audiences.
Besides, there have been Melharmony Jazz-Rock/World music concerts and dance productions in cities such as San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Omaha and Madison. Prominent stars and orchestras featured in such festivals and events include 4-time Grammy Winner Glen Velez, Rock drummer Simon Phillips, Rhythm Vocalist Loire Cotler, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Bach Quartet, Chitravina N Ravikiran, George Brooks and sitar exponent Gaurav Mazumdar.
The Foundation seeks support to take such festivals and events to many other cities and also engage with several other top symphony orchestras, composers and artists.