Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
in the last of ELEVEN performances this year at SubT
Saturday December 12th, 7pm
$15-30 sliding scale (cash, check, or credit card)
Tickets at the door, or available in advance on Brown Paper Tickets
Gautam has sung every month except one this year at the Arthouse. It’s a blessing to experience his song and music filling the room on regular basis. It’s a cleansing, enjoying experience. Very good vibrations, originating from serious practice, but delivered in humility and light heart. Join us for his last concert this year.
Check out the recording from the September concert. Remember, a recording allows listening with just ears. Gautam’s kind of music has to be experienced live in good acoustics such as the SubT.
Need more convincing? Read a recent review by Jaime Robles at Repeat Performances covering his August concert. Gautam has been prolific in doing concerts this year at various venues around the Bay Area (concert schedule). He records every concert, and the recordings are available online on his website. All songs he sings are written by him, and are found in his songbook online. You can even buy the songbook, and also the posters of his concerts.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan writes and sings music that reflects a tradition of intricate song forms, elaborate vocal improvisations, and utmost sincerity of expression. Taking their inspiration primarily from Carnatic music, but additionally from three decades of open ears in many places, Gautam’s songs offer listeners a fresh experience of lyricism and immediacy, and his performances give an intensely personal glimpse into the continued development of a valuable and highly cultured musical heritage. He has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Palace of Fine Arts, Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, Brick & Mortar, and of course the Subterranean Arthouse, and more.
“Rich and evocative… quite wonderful… implying a nonlinear sense of time.”
– Repeat Performances [review link]
“A dream…passionate, knowledgeable, mindblowing.”
– Asian Art Museum
“An incredible presence…gentle renegade performance.”
“Subversive…affecting and bold.”
– East Bay Express
“New music from an old tradition…”
“A local treasure…”
– SF Classical Voice
Video Recordings: http://gautamtejasganeshan.com/recordings.html
Twitter: @heyGTG https://twitter.com/heyGTG
In recognition of his original compositions, Gautam was awarded the Creative Work Fund in 2013, the Fleishhacker Fund in 2014, and in 2008 received a commission from the San Francisco Foundation for his ensemble “New Directions in Indian Classical Music,” which was billed as the “ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music” at the SF International Arts Festival, and as “innovative Indian roots music” at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.
As founder and director of the Sangati Center, Gautam is also “a magnet for local Indian classical musicians” (SF Chronicle). The Sangati Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts of Indian classical music since 2006. The Sangati Center has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and others, as well as the goodwill of thousands of listeners and musicians local and abroad.
Gautam often lends his voice in support of the movement towards a local economy. At the Green Festival SF 2012, he contributed his music to the crowd as an interlude after the speech of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. His singing opened each night of “From the Field to the Table”, a series of performances at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse bringing to light issues inherent in industrialized food production. At the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, he sang to introduce a documentary screening of “Bitter Seeds”, about the epidemic of suicides among farmers in India indebted to multinational seed companies. And on Election Night 2012, he offered a spontaneous song to students in “Edible Education”, a course led by Michael Pollan as a critical look at the food movement for both university students and the community at large.