Tuesday Dec 11
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya w/ Leyna Marika Papach & Imran Sagar
Lucie Vitkova & Muyassar Kurdi
Visuals by Nitin Mukul
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya
violin accompaniment by
Leyna Marika Papach
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya was born in Bangladesh. In 1976, he won the Gold Medal in the National Music Competition which enabled him to a full scholarship to study North Indian Classical Music at the Visva Bharati University in India. There he studied with various masters from different Gharana/schools such as Pt Prasun Kr Benergee, Smti Mamta Dasgupta (Patiala Gharana), Pt Nemai Chand Baral (Dagar Gharana Dhrupad), Ustad Eunus Hossain Khan (Khyal Agra/Atroli Gharana), Mohan Sing Khangura, and Pt Aloke Chattergee (kirana Gharana Khyal). After earning his Masters in Music in 1982, he returned to Bangladesh where he served as a professor of North Indian Classical Vocal at the National music and arts academy in Dhaka and performed regularly in public as a classical vocal performer. In 1986, he established his school, Sadarang Sangit Shamaroha (Sadarang School of Music) based on his own style and technique of vocal performance (Gharana). In 1992, he was invited by the Bangladesh Cultural Center in New York to open a classical Music department. After his arrival to New York, he taught at the Bangladesh Cultural Center NY, Bangladesh society of new york and Bangladesh Association of New Jersey. Also during this time, he established an organization called the Bangla Institue of performing arts which supports artists and performers in all fields of Indian traditional music (Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Tarana and Thumri). As a performer, he has held concerts at venues such as UNESCO, Yale University, and John Hopkins University to name a few. He also performs and teaches at the National Music College, Dhaka on his yearly return to Bangladesh, and in 2002, he was invited to perform in India Habitat Center in New Delhi, India. Today, he continues to teach a large class of students through his school, Sadarang Music Center.
Leyna Marika Papach is a musician and interdisciplinary artist from Japan and the United States. Her compositions house the languages of dance, theater, sound, and image. Leyna’s performative work has been presented internationally in Europe, Japan, and the US. As a composer and violinist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, both as a collaborator and/or interpreter. Leyna holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Bard College, MA in Theater and Dance studies from DasArts (now DAS Theater), Amsterdam, and studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and UMKC Conservatory of Music. www.leynamarikapapach.com
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Imran Sagar started playing music at a young age and studied tabla with ustad Bashir Khan and ustad Tari Khan. In 1990, Imran began his professional career, playing with musicians such as Ghulam Ali, Aanup Jalota, G. Harrihan amongst many others. Imran currently lives and works in NYC.
Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, synthesizer, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. During her studies of composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), she has been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D), Columbia University in New York (USA) and lately at the New York University. Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In her recent work, she is interested in the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life and in reusing trash to build sonic costumes. She has been nominated on 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in category of Music, was commissioned by the Roulette Intermedium in 2017 and has become a Roulette resident artist in 2018. She has put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on music behavior) and OPERA Ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). During the 2017 Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), she studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and has been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble. As an accordion player, she collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, S.E.M. ensemble, String Noise, Du.0, Argento Ensemble, CU Raaga, Ghost Ensemble and Wet Ink. www.vitkovalucie.com
This multigenerational group features veteran improvisers Todd Capp (drums) and Daniel Carter (saxophones, trumpet) alongside relative newcomers Che Chen (contrabass), Talice Lee (violin, voice) an Kurt Ralske (soprano saxophone/penny whistle). One of the many manifestations of the "Orkestro" improvising big bands that have been forming in the overlapping orbits of Andrew Lafkas' "Alternate Models" groups and the 75 Dollar Bill "Little Big Band", this smaller, self-selecting unit formed when they were the only ones show up at an Orkestro gig at Freddy's backroom in June. The quintet utilizes the same principles that guide the larger ensembles, organizing itself spontaneously through sympathetic vibration and listening in the present moment.