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Jazz and Dance Performances by VidyA and Rina Mehta - May 29, 8pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Oakland, CA
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Jazz and Dance Performances by VidyA and Rina Mehta - May 29, 8pm
OACC's new artists in residence VidyA and Rina Mehta will be featuring new pieces.

VidyA shows what happens when the richness of South Indian Carnatic classical music meets the improvisations of jazz. Featuring Prasant Radhakrishnan (saxophone), David Ewell (bass) and Sameer Gupta (drums), VidyA will present original compositions as well as some re-imagined traditional Carnatic music pieces.

The Kathak dance tradition is based on upaj (improvisation), tayari (preparation of technique), layakari (performing and improvising intricate rhythms) and khoobsurti and nazakat (beauty and subtlety of movement and expression).  It is a tour-de-force performance of percussive footwork, singing, poetry, and acting. Rina Mehta, disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das, presents excerpts from a full-length traditional solo including a vandana (invocation), a gat-bhao (full-length) story and Kathak Yoga. Rina is accompanied by Ben Kunin, disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, on sarod and Salar Nadar, disciple of Ustaad Zakir Hussain, on tabla.

Tarana: a collaboration featuring OACC 2010 Resident Artists
The evening concludes with a collaborative piece featuring OACC artists in residence Rina Mehta (solo Kathak) and Prasant Radhakrishnan (VidyA) with their full ensembles. The artists use a tarana, composed by Pt. Chitresh Das, to create a strikingly original, effortless dialogue between the forms of Kathak, Indian classical music and American jazz.

Adult: $12
Senior & Student: $9

Weekend ticket package (Ticket for this performance and the Jazz performance of John Coltrane's "India" with Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra on May 30):
Adult: $20
Senior & Student: $15

Buy the weekend package and save $3 (Senior & Student) - $4 (Adult).

Tickets will also be available at the door if not sold out.

Presented as part of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center's annual multi-event Asian Pacific Heritage Festival 2010.

For more information, contact Wilson Wong at (510) 637 - 0455 or visit the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival 2010 page at www.oacc.cc/programs/festivals-events.html.


Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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