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July 29, 2016, 8:30 pm
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About Aditya

Biography

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Aditya Prakash is an award-winning, American-born Indian classical vocalist best known for his powerful and emotive voice. Although firmly rooted in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, his style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop, which he brings out in his collaborative projects. The depth of his Carnatic training allows for him to bridge the gap between the rich, sacred and ancient art form and today’s interconnected, diverse environment.

Aditya grew up in a household filled with music and dance; his mother Viji Prakash is the founder and director of the esteemed Shakti Dance School of Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) in Los Angeles, and his sister Mythili Prakash is a well-known Bharatanatyam dancer. Through these influences, Aditya began his vocal training at the age of 8 and performed his first solo vocal, two-hour debut performance at the age of 12. The momentum from his first concert sparked a deep interest to delve further into the art form, and Aditya began spending every summer and winter break (from age of 12 till the age of 23) undergoing advanced training in Chennai, India.

At the age of 16, Aditya was one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform with the legendary Sitar Maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar. Aditya has had the fortune of performing, touring with Ravi Shankar and his daughter and disciple, Anoushka Shankar, as the lead vocalist in Ravi Shankar’s "Festival of India III" ensemble, taking him to the most prominent venues around the USA such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Boston and Chicago Symphony Halls to name a few. It was through Pandit Ravi Shankar’s exemplary passion and love for the arts along with his guidance and advice to the young 16 year old, that Aditya was inspired to take up music performance full time rather than keep it a hobby.

As a solo Carnatic vocalist Aditya has been a regular performer in India and the USA. Since age 14, Aditya has been performing in the celebrated December Music Festival in India, performing at the most esteemed venues such as The Music Academy (Chennai), Gayana Samaj (Bangalore), Ravi Shankar Performing Arts Center (New Delhi), Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha (Mumbai) among others.

Aditya has also worked in cross-over genre music, touring and performing throughout the USA, Europe and Canada as lead vocalist with Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale, Salim Merchant and MIDIval Punditz. He has also started a collaborative group called Aditya Prakash Ensemble which creates original compositions inspired from the styles of Indian classical, folk, jazz, Funk, Blues and Hip Hop.

Training

The teacher-student (Guru-Sishya) relationship is of vital importance in the Indian classical style of music. Aditya is truly grateful to have had the privilege of training under venerated Guru’s in the field of Carnatic Music, PS Narayanaswami and Palai CK Ramachandran. His earlier training was under Sugandha Kalamegham and Rose Muralikrishnan and Debur Srivathsa. Aditya has also studied Mridangam (South Indian percussion) under one of today’s top musicians, Neyveli Narayanan. In 2009, Aditya had the privilege of performing on the Mridangam with sitar virtuoso, Ustaad Shujaat Khan in a jugalbandi concert.

Aditya received his Bachelors in Arts from UCLA in 2011 with a degree in Ethnomusicology (Performance/composition) and a minor in Global Studies. At UCLA, Aditya studied composition under award-winning Jazz musician, Tamir Hendlemen as well as Hindustani vocal under Ustaad Shujaat Khan. Currently, Aditya composes music for acclaimed-dancer Mythili Prakash’s productions, as well as for collaborative music projects with influences from jazz, Western harmony, North Indian and South Indian classical music.

Awards

“Yuva Kala Bharati”- 2012- Outstanding Achievement in Carnatic Vocal- Institution: Bharat Kalachar, Chennai

“Yuva Kalakar Puraskar”- 2009- Most Promising Artist- Institution: Shanmukhananda, Mumbai

“Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Endowment Award” - 2009- Performance- Institution: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

“Best Junior Vocalist”- 2008- Institution: Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, Chennai

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Aditya Prakash Ensemble
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  • Julian Le [ Piano ]

  • Hitomi Oba [ Tenor Sax ]

  • Mark Einhorn [ Alto Sax ]

  • Jake Jamieson [ Drums ]

  • Owen Clapp [ Bass ]

  • Jonah Levine [ Trombone ]

  • Mic Holden [ Percussion ]

  • Fabiano do Nascimento [ Guitar ]

  • Shiva Ramamurthi [ Violin ]

Guest Collaborators

  • Arun Ramamurthi [ Violin ]

  • Pirashanna Thevarajah [ Mridangam, Konnakol, Kanjira ]

  • Neelamjit Dhillon [Tabla]

  • Colin McDaniel [Drums]

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