Concert: Song of Wonder

Vocalists Nirmala Rajaseker and David Jordan Harris present Song of Wonder, a concert of Carnatic and Sephardic music, on Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 pm, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas. Exploring the theme of wonder through the music and poetry of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish traditions, the vocalists are joined by a trio of distinguished instrumentalists: Carnatic percussion master Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi from Chennai, India , percussionist Mick LaBriola, and ‘ud player David Burk.

Date/Time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas


Cost

Free



Vocalists Nirmala Rajaseker and David Jordan Harris present Song of Wonder, a concert of Carnatic and Sephardic music, on Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 pm, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas. Exploring the theme of wonder through the music and poetry of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish traditions, the vocalists are joined by a trio of distinguished instrumentalists: Carnatic percussion master Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi from Chennai, India , percussionist Mick LaBriola, and ‘ud player David Burk.  

Nirmala and David, inspired by the poetry of a thousand years in each of their traditions, probe the many facets of wonder as gateways to an illumined and impassioned life. Highlights of the concert include excerpts from the oldest extant piece of notated Jewish music; improvisational performances by Nirmala on the veena in both familiar and rare ragas (the melodic soundscapes of Indian music); ancient Tamil Sangam poetry; plangent Judeo-Spanish and Hebrew chants from traditional Jewish communities in Bosnia, Turkey, and Morocco; and new musical arrangements flowing from this evening’s cross-cultural collaboration.  

Co-sponsored with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning