Lecture/Demonstration at Pangea World Theater by McKnight Fellow Kanniks Kannikeswaran
In search of collaborative musicians, singers, and dancers
to explore and create a performance piece in 2013.
In the past Kanniks Kannikeswaran has taken the music of Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835) and created multimedia performance pieces with musicians, singers and dancers of various communities. Kanniks has explored the compositions of Dikshitar based on Irish and Scottish melodies and their relationship to Appalachian music in America.
What is the connection between South Indian Karnatic Music and Appalachian music?
What was happening in early 19th century India? How did this adaptation come into being in the minds of one of the most orthodox composers in India? How did tunes get adapted in two diametrically opposite parts of the world during the same time in history? What do these compositions sound like?
Musician Kanniks wants to connect with Twin Cities musicians, singers and dancers to create a new performance piece. Please come and explore new music questions and create a new work.
Please come as composer/music educator and McKnight Fellow Kanniks Kannikeswaran presents his research on the Indo Colonial music of the 1800s as an introduction in preparation to create an interactive multimedia musical dialog .
Monday, October 22 || 7:30 PM
Pangea World Theater Studio
711 West Lake Street, Suite 101
Kanniks Kannikeswaran (www.kanniks.com) is an award winning composer, music educator and scholar whose work has been performed in and has had an impact in several parts of the world. Kanniks is the pioneer of the Indian American choral movement. His far reaching work in this area has led to the founding of Indian community choirs in several places such as Allentown PA, Tampa FL, Houston TX, Minneapolis MN and more. The Greater Cincinnati Indian community choir that he founded secured two silver medals in the prestigious champions category in the just concluded 7th World Choir Games. Kanniks has collaborated with artists such as Lakshmi Shankar, Mallika Sarabhai, with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra to name a few and his work has been performed by large ensembles at the National University of Singapore. Kanniks has been teaching at the University of Cincinnati in the capacity of an Adjunct Faculty since 1994. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Ohio Heritage Fellowship and the McKnight Fellowship. Kanniks is often described as a renaissance personality who effortlessly traverses diverse disciplines such as music, spirituality and management. He is the founder of the ‘American School of Indian Art’, an Institution committed to bringing the best of the East and the West to the Indian American diaspora and beyond.