Amirtha KidambiUnited States
Grants Awarded2016 | Music | India
for a six-week trip to Chennai, India, to intensively study the South Indian Carnatic vocal tradition2016 | Music | India
for a six-week trip to Chennai, India, to intensively study the South Indian Carnatic vocal tradition.
Organized by vocalist, composer and ACC grantee Amirtha Kidambi, the evening features violist Mat maneri, as well as a trio performance featuring Carnatic vocalist Ashvin Bhogendra, Carnatic violinist, improviser, and theater artist Anjna Swaminathan, and Mrudangam composer and improviser Rajna Swaminathan. The concert is followed by a discussion with the performers.
Virtuosic composer/vocalist and ACC grantee Amirtha Kidambi continues her 2018 residency with Roulette to present the world premiere of Lines of Light. The piece is inspired by the title of the late Muhal Richard Abrams’s Levels and Degrees of Light and medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s reference to her vision of God as “The Shade of the Living Light” and brings together a group of female vocal powerhouses. Featuring Jean Carla Rodea, Anaïs Maviel, Emilie Lesbros, and Charmaine Lee, the quartet is a structured improvisation, intended to allow each vocalist to exercise maximum creativity within the larger framework of the piece.