Though they have not released any album on C&E (yet!), we are very proud and happy to have Akkarai Subhalakshmi and Akkarai Sornalatha, the great Karnatic violinists/vocalists, join Beches Brew for the Beches Indian Brew concert series in Sweden and Denmark during October 2016. They will be joined by two of the best percussionists in India today, Jayachandra Rao on mridangam and Shreesundar Kumar on mridangam/khanjira.
Akkarai Sornalatha took part in the first leg of the project, our concerts in India in January 2016, together with J.B. Srutisagar, V. Suresh, N. Amrit, Nityanand Haldipur and Sadanand Naimpalli.
Apart from the concerts with Beches Brew they will give some classical Karnatic concerts and workshops during the tour.
Akkarai Sisters, Akkarai Subhalakshmi and Akkarai Sornalatha, violin, voice: ”The two sisters has created quite a storm in the South Indian classical music community, they perform duets of the highest quaility, they do it as a violin duo AND they do it equally great as a vocal duo which is something unheard of before. When we played in Chennai the younger sister Sornalatha played with us but after hearing the sisters in concert we liked it so much that we invited the elder sister Subhalakshmi to join us as well and we are so happy that she liked our music and is coming along on this tour as well.” – http://akkarai.in
K. U. Jayachandra Rao, mridangam, He is one of the stalwarts in the world of Indian rhythm today and regularly performs with all the leading musicians on the Karnatic classical scene but he is equally at home on the world music scene. Jayachandra hails from a family of musicians and is an incredible virtuoso who will add considerably to our music. Coming straight from a tour with Flute Shankar, he will join Beches Indian Brew from October 21. – http://jayaranjani.org/home.php
B. Shree Sundarkumar, ”Kanjira Man”, khanjira, mridangam is one of the leading Khanjira artists today who started playing at age 3 and has learned first from his father Dr. K.B.S. Mani, and later from Guru Kaaraikudi Mani Iyer. Besides being a great accompanist in the classical field, Sundarkumar is also doing a lot of contemporary music as Kanjira Man with a great attitude and sense of humour that will fit in very well in Beches Indian Brew. – www.kanjiraman.com