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Radio Valencia (San Francisco)
"Ms. Margarita" 1.22.2016




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Vanessa of Studio Grand introduces my music as "gorgeous" (thank you!). I say "Carnatic music is the world that this music is coming from," but then I go on to sing the lines: "Even where I'm from, I'm not from there!" I also say (and this is true), "In some respects what you're hearing you wouldn't hear at a traditional concert, but in other respects i'm very conservative musically, so it's an interesting mix." Then finally when I'm plugging my website and take a while to get out all the syllables of "gautamtejasganeshan.com," Margarita quips that "You made it really easy..." We share a laugh, and I comment, "Well, it's a South Indian name, you know, it just keeps going..." And then I describe how to find me more easily: "Look for Carnatic Music Bay Area and then try to find the guy who writes in English..."
#zakirhussain
#kanjiraskillz @ 22:45
#songshockwave


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 3.24.2015




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After an interview with Zakir Hussain in which he mentions the kanjira (south indian lizard-skin tambourine that "packs a punch," I say), I immediately try and "acquit myself" on kanjira on the air, and disclaim that it's "for Zakir Hussain's sake!" (So blame him.) A caller claims the music is "blowing his mind" - he loves the connection of hearing Zakir initially, and then hearing me. I propose that honesty is the common thread, although what Zakir and I do are a little different. He says the ideas, thoughts, and discussions are one thing, but the sounds themselves are "clearing out his head." I take credit for the sinus-evacuating effect! Tongue in cheek, of course. Joanna, the host, reports that her iPhone went dead halfway through the show, as I was "singing about technology." I retort "If with my song I can send a magnetic shockwave and turn off your iPhone, then I feel as if I've done my job."
#alocaltwist
#sauerkraut
#oceanofsound


KALW 91.7 (SF) "Crosscurrents:
Bay Area Beats" 1.29.2015




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They say I'm "bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound." I say "Culture is like yogurt, or sauerkraut. It's something that grows over time, and you can't make it on your own. It just kind of accumulates. And when I hear the music, I hear that in it." My trusty sidekick gets some well-deserved airtime - my tambura, my sancho panza (keeps me honest) - "a wash, an ocean of sound, a curtain." Finally, groundedly: "It's an interesting question how my music and my songs, which have a very obvious connection with a place very far away - it's interesting to ponder, and to work on, how they're connected here, where I am, and where my baby was just born, and where I forsee being, and where I feel very connected myself."
#grapplewithlyrics
#zoneoutrefund
#parkingmeter=god


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 1.6.2015




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A live session on-the-air with Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam, who ponders the aesthetics of accompanying my songs, asserting that performing with me is a "fun and thought-provoking experience" of being "forced to grapple with the lyrics. What do I play when I hear the word 'sky' or 'within' - what kind of sound do I want to create there?" I commend these considerations, and also discuss the other side of the coin - the lady who asked for a refund at one of my concerts because being "forced" to understand the words prevented her from zoning out, which presumably it had been her intention to do. For my part, I clarify my spiritual intentions by claiming that "I don't draw a sharp divide between my parking meter and god. All is one. Whatever."
#beautifulintonations
#bowingtoimpermanence
#notsoceremonial


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 1.14.2014




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We talk about Story of This Place at the BAM/PFA - a "site-specific influx of information and energy into my music." From time to time I sing what Sally calls "the beautiful intonations of Gautam Tejas Ganeshan," along with my pump drone box, the one I claim I can "hike and bike and come to KPFA" with. She says "What you're doing can be revelatory," but I would rather discuss my idea for a t-shirt that says "I don't like to talk after singing." Also the "highest meaning of mundane," and the "ultimate bowing to impermanence", being to shred my songs into the bay, after painstakingly printing them by letterpress, a "meditative, hands-on, attention-to-detail kind of thing." I demur, saying that I'm "not so ceremonial." (And "mreendangam" again... see below.)
#dronecontraption
#poppyemblem
#oceanstillthere


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 3.17.2015




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I sing along with a "wonderful acoustic drone contraption" handed to me by the host. She describes it as a "sruti box made out of wood, and he's using it like a bellows." It reminds me of the one my father grew up singing with. It's St. Paddy's Day, and so I suggest that maybe the California Poppy is as emblematic of this place as the clover is of Ireland. (Meanwhile, my wife Deepa was weeding oxalis at the very same moment...) I have a song about poppies, written while I was at Muir Beach, "seeing all the poppies there, and just thinking about generations before me - somebody would have been sitting and seeing the poppies also. So who has the longer lifespan, poppies or me? Or the ocean really, because even before the poppies the ocean was still there."
#burnishingpebbles
#surfingpotholes
#greatgrandpamusic


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 2.05.2013




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"I'm not trying to start a movement - I'm a surfer if anything." Talking about the uselessness of further burnishing pebbles in a riverbed, the dimensions of music, tripping into potholes, the Sangati Center, and a number of performances upcoming at that time. "What great-grandpa woulda called music..."
#innovativeindianroots
#botanicalgarden
#picnicunderredwoods


KALW 91.7 (SF)
"Today's Local Music" 6.19.2013




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"The sounds you're hearing now are by Gautam Ganeshan. He'll be bringing his innovative Indian roots music to the Redwood Grove Summer Concert Series at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, tomorrow, June 20. Audience members are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy sitting under the redwoods while listening."
#milleniasansmic
#musicstillringing
#hedgebetsonair


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 11.30.2011




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"For thousands of years some version of this music survived without microphones." Talking about the Kalambur Brothers vocal duet, whose music was "still ringing in my ears". Some more airtime for GNB with "Ee Vasudha" - "In this world there aren't many gods like you." (It's not Rama though - at least I hedged my bets on the air!)
#jazz
#gnbonkpfa
#tablatext


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"Music of the World" 2.27.2010




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Discussing performance with Alam Khan at Freight & Salvage. Relationship of New Directions to jazz music. Giving GNB some airtime with "Telisi Rama". Nilan Chaudhuri, tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri's son, sends me a text message towards the end...
#twangingsitars
#womeninsaris
#giantpurpleball


KALW 91.7 (SF)
"Crosscurrents: Artery" 9.11.2008




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"You expect twanging sitars and women in saris at a classical Indian music concert, but you probably don't expect to see a musician in his twenties sitting on a giant purple exercise ball at the door... 'The ball is my throne...it's kind of been the mascot of the Sangati Center...' " And also, you can listen in on Robin Sukhadia's group tabla classes. And the background track is a live concert recording from the Sangati Center of Carnatic saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan
#mreendangam!
#lentilcabinetguy
#saaptachaa


KALX 90.7 (Berkeley)
"Sight Unseen" 11.13.2008




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Listen to a "Mreendangam!" solo by Anantha R. Krishnan as part of a New Directions concert. "Have you eaten?" ("Saaptachaa?" - Tamil). And lentil-cabinet-guy makes an appearance! "And what about your relationship with your father?"
#nascentnewdirections
#sangatimeaning
#dontneedtohear


KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley)
"APEX Express" 8.18.2007




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Discussion of what "Sangati" means. An early assertion of the New Directions concept at the end - but at this point I was still mainly playing violin... (you don't need to hear the performance.)
#palghatmaniiyer
#morningragaplatform
#sangatisidewalkgarden


WMUC 88.1 (DC)
"NaanSense" 7.13.2010




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"A song request? I request you play music involving one certain South Indian classical musician - Palghat Mani Iyer." Discussing the Morning Raga Platform and the Sangati Sidewalk Garden.