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Rajna Swaminathan's Mangal

  • The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Rajna Swaminathan- mrudangam, vocal, compositions

Linda May Han Oh- bass

María Grand-tenor sax

Joel Ross- vibraphone

Imani Uzuri- special guest, vocals

In her new project Mangal, mrudangam artist & composer Rajna Swaminathan brings together a group of thoughtful improvisers to share their unique perspectives and spark new collective soundings. Her compositions merge musical processes from South Indian music, jazz/creative music, and other forms, opening the door to lush and intricate improvisations. The concert will feature a special guest, acclaimed vocalist-composer Imani Uzuri.

Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist, a protégé of mrudangam  maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Rajna is one of only a handful of women who play the mrudangam professionally. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians, most notably mentor and vocalist T.M. Krishna. Rajna has performed in several prestigious venues and festivals, including the Smithsonian (D.C.), Kennedy Center (D.C.), Asia Society (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), Walker Art Center (MN), Music Academy (Chennai), Shanmukhananda Hall (Mumbai) and The Esplanade (Singapore). Rajna also regularly gives workshops on the South Indian rhythmic perspective, most notably at the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the KoSA International Percussion Camp. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music (Creative Practice & Critical Inquiry) at Harvard University. 

Earlier Event: November 29
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Later Event: December 13
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