Carnatic Saxophone Concert by Kadri Gopalnath

Saturday April 18th

Richmond Rasikas is proud to announce a Carnatic saxophone Concert by Kadri Gopalnath, as part of their 2015 Spring Concert Series.

Kadri Gopalnath is an accomplished Indian saxophonist and one of the pioneers of Carnatic music on the saxophone. He acquired a taste for music from his father Thaniappa, a nadhaswaram vidwan. Young Gopalnath once saw the saxophone being played in the Mysore palace band set. Thrilled on hearing the vibrant tone of the saxophone, Gopalnath decided to master it. Gopalnath had to modify  the conventional alto saxophone to play Carnatic music, the mastery of which took him nearly 20 years.

So successful has this adaptation of the saxophone been that the great musician Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic music, has acknowledged Kadri Gopalnath as a true Carnatic musical genius. Gopalnath learnt the instrument under Gopalkrishna Iyer of Kalaniketana, Mangalore. In Madras, Gopalnath was mentored by mridangist T.V. Gopalkrishnan who identified the youngster's potential and played an instrumental role in channelizing his talent.

Gopalnath effortlessly plays the most complex and nuanced ‘gamakas’ of Carnatic music on the saxophone. He has equally enthralled audiences at jazz festivals across the world including the Jazz Festival in Prague, Berlin Jazz Festival, International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, Music Hall Festival in Paris, the BBC Promenade concert in 1994 at London, to name a few.

Titles and honors have come his way, the most cherished being the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and the Shringerei Sharada Peetam. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 7:00PM

Pocahontas Middle School
12000 Three Chopt Rd,
Henrico, VA 23233

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