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String Temple in this special segment brings Mr.Eero Hameenniemi who is among the most revered western classical musicians in the international circuit. Influences from the South Indian Classical Music has been an integral part of his music since his early visits to India. His collaborations with Mrs.Bombay Jayashri and Shri Karaikudi R. Mani Iyer was well received among the global audience. He is also known for his extensive literary work. This interview provides a deep insight on his association with India and the Tamil Language.
What has been your association with Indian and Carnatic Music citing your regular visits to the country?
I’ve visited India annually since 1984, but even before that I’d studied Sanskrit at the university in Helsinki. At first I went to Delhi and North India, but from 1991 I began to participate in the Chennai Season. For many years I have had a regular seat at the MFAC during the Season. I enjoy Carnatic music very much, but I am just a listener. Being a professional musician in the Western tradition is quite enough for one lifetime.
You are also known for your literary works, especially in Tamil Literature. Can you throw some light on it?
I have always had a very keen interest in languages, and I have had the extraordinary blessing of having been able to study Tamil under the guidance of Dr. I Sundaramoorthy, one of the greatest Tamil scholars of our time.
I’ve written 7 books, four of which deal with India and Indian culture. A decade ago I included some translations I had made from sangam literature into one of my books, but only next year, 2015, a proper collection of translations into Finnish from Ainkurunuru, Kuruntokai and Purananuru is due to be published by my publisher, Basam Books.
I have used Tamil language texts in two of my main works for Mrs. Bombay Jayashri and Symphony Orchestra: “Red Earth and Pouring Rain” and “Yaadum uure”.
We would like to hear about your collaborations with the Indian artists such as Smt.Bombay Jayashri and Karaikudi Shri R. Mani.
I have been extremely fortunate in finding truly great musicians to work with. My collaboration with Guru Karaikkudi Mani Sir started in 1995, and in 1997 he and the Sruthi Laya- ensemble came to Helsinki to play with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mani Sir returned in 2010 to perform with the same orchestra in my work entitled “Never Stop!” I hope he never will! My Nadam- ensemble has also performed with the musicians of Mani Sir both in India and in Finland, and we’ve made a CD entitled “Unmatched”, which I believe is available in India even now.
Another very important collaboration had been with Mrs. Bombay Jayashri, the greatest singer that has ever performed my music. I have been blessed with the opportunity of writing three large works for her. They have been performed in different European countries, and new concerts are being planned as we speak.
I have also had the opportunity to write music for the absolutely wonderful flute virtuoso Mr. Flute Shashank Subramanyam and an excellent string quartet from Finland, Meta4. Another dear friend and important collaborator has been Dr. K.S.Subramanian of the Karaikkudi veenai tradition.
What is the scenario of Carnatic music in Finland? How well it is received by the audience and musicians?
Unfortunately Carnatic music is rarely heard in Finland, but the great musicians who have come for my projects have often also given classical concerts. They have been very well received.
What you think about the works of Mr.V.S.Narasimhan especially the Madras String Quartet?
I have been able to meet with Mr. V.S. Narasimhan on many occasions, and I have the deepest admiration for his work with the Madras String Quartet. I think that his arrangements of Carnatic classics for the string quartet are something unique and wonderful and I hope that he and the quartet can soon come to Finland to perform. I am certain that they would be much appreciated in my country, because the Madras String Quartet makes the string quartet, so familiar to us, into something very fresh, new and interesting.
Can you let us know about the radio program for Finland in which you highlighted the music of Madras String Quartet?
On occasion I have made radio programs for the Finnish National Radio YLE 1. In one of the programmes I spoke about the interaction between Western and Carnatic music, and as one of the examples of very succesful cross fertilization between our two traditions I mentioned the work of Mr. Narasimhan, who has found a way of making Carnatic classics sit very well with the string quartet. I also played his arrangement of Papanasam Sivan’s kriti Eesanee in the same programme.
What is your opinion about the Western Classical Music scenario in India?
TheThere are many musicians in India who are very well versed in Western music, but my impression is, that it is not often heard in concert in Chennai. Maybe more so in places like Mumbai. 
What are your upcoming projects in India and abroad?
 Many projects. I am working on a new piece for Mr. Flute Shashank Subramanyam and the Meta4 string quartet. For this I have a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation of the US. I have made arrangements for a string orchestra of my Urdu language songs (“Sab Kahan?”) for Mrs. Bombay Jayashri andthey are due to be premiered in Germany and Finland in 2016. I also hope to be able to write yet another large work for Guru Karaikkudi Mani Sir and a large Western Orchestra.
Check out the article in our special segment of String Temple Records in the September issue : http://thescoremagazine.com/september-2014/16/   High-res

String Temple in this special segment brings Mr.Eero Hameenniemi who is among the most revered western classical musicians in the international circuit. Influences from the South Indian Classical Music has been an integral part of his music since his early visits to India. His collaborations with Mrs.Bombay Jayashri and Shri Karaikudi R. Mani Iyer was well received among the global audience. He is also known for his extensive literary work. This interview provides a deep insight on his association with India and the Tamil Language.

What has been your association with Indian and Carnatic Music citing your regular visits to the country?

I’ve visited India annually since 1984, but even before that I’d studied Sanskrit at the university in Helsinki. At first I went to Delhi and North India, but from 1991 I began to participate in the Chennai Season. For many years I have had a regular seat at the MFAC during the Season. I enjoy Carnatic music very much, but I am just a listener. Being a professional musician in the Western tradition is quite enough for one lifetime.

You are also known for your literary works, especially in Tamil Literature. Can you throw some light on it?

I have always had a very keen interest in languages, and I have had the extraordinary blessing of having been able to study Tamil under the guidance of Dr. I Sundaramoorthy, one of the greatest Tamil scholars of our time.

I’ve written 7 books, four of which deal with India and Indian culture. A decade ago I included some translations I had made from sangam literature into one of my books, but only next year, 2015, a proper collection of translations into Finnish from Ainkurunuru, Kuruntokai and Purananuru is due to be published by my publisher, Basam Books.

I have used Tamil language texts in two of my main works for Mrs. Bombay Jayashri and Symphony Orchestra: “Red Earth and Pouring Rain” and “Yaadum uure”.

We would like to hear about your collaborations with the Indian artists such as Smt.Bombay Jayashri and Karaikudi Shri R. Mani.

I have been extremely fortunate in finding truly great musicians to work with. My collaboration with Guru Karaikkudi Mani Sir started in 1995, and in 1997 he and the Sruthi Laya- ensemble came to Helsinki to play with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mani Sir returned in 2010 to perform with the same orchestra in my work entitled “Never Stop!” I hope he never will! My Nadam- ensemble has also performed with the musicians of Mani Sir both in India and in Finland, and we’ve made a CD entitled “Unmatched”, which I believe is available in India even now.

Another very important collaboration had been with Mrs. Bombay Jayashri, the greatest singer that has ever performed my music. I have been blessed with the opportunity of writing three large works for her. They have been performed in different European countries, and new concerts are being planned as we speak.

I have also had the opportunity to write music for the absolutely wonderful flute virtuoso Mr. Flute Shashank Subramanyam and an excellent string quartet from Finland, Meta4. Another dear friend and important collaborator has been Dr. K.S.Subramanian of the Karaikkudi veenai tradition.

What is the scenario of Carnatic music in Finland? How well it is received by the audience and musicians?

Unfortunately Carnatic music is rarely heard in Finland, but the great musicians who have come for my projects have often also given classical concerts. They have been very well received.

What you think about the works of Mr.V.S.Narasimhan especially the Madras String Quartet?

I have been able to meet with Mr. V.S. Narasimhan on many occasions, and I have the deepest admiration for his work with the Madras String Quartet. I think that his arrangements of Carnatic classics for the string quartet are something unique and wonderful and I hope that he and the quartet can soon come to Finland to perform. I am certain that they would be much appreciated in my country, because the Madras String Quartet makes the string quartet, so familiar to us, into something very fresh, new and interesting.

Can you let us know about the radio program for Finland in which you highlighted the music of Madras String Quartet?

On occasion I have made radio programs for the Finnish National Radio YLE 1. In one of the programmes I spoke about the interaction between Western and Carnatic music, and as one of the examples of very succesful cross fertilization between our two traditions I mentioned the work of Mr. Narasimhan, who has found a way of making Carnatic classics sit very well with the string quartet. I also played his arrangement of Papanasam Sivan’s kriti Eesanee in the same programme.

What is your opinion about the Western Classical Music scenario in India?

TheThere are many musicians in India who are very well versed in Western music, but my impression is, that it is not often heard in concert in Chennai. Maybe more so in places like Mumbai.

What are your upcoming projects in India and abroad?

 Many projects. I am working on a new piece for Mr. Flute Shashank Subramanyam and the Meta4 string quartet. For this I have a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation of the US. I have made arrangements for a string orchestra of my Urdu language songs (“Sab Kahan?”) for Mrs. Bombay Jayashri andthey are due to be premiered in Germany and Finland in 2016. I also hope to be able to write yet another large work for Guru Karaikkudi Mani Sir and a large Western Orchestra.

Check out the article in our special segment of String Temple Records in the September issue : http://thescoremagazine.com/september-2014/16/

Zoo and Smooth Relax gear for a gig in Delhi

Presenting to you, a new property by Pepsi MTV Indies and Hauz Khas Social featuring two live acts

Zoo
ZOO is a four piece electronic-alternative outfit from Kolkata, India. The music and the philosophy of the band brings forward a very organic alternative sound with coherent elements of drum-n-bass, ambient, industrial etc to portray the essence of metropolitan human life.
Formed in 2011, ZOO recorded and released their first self-produced independent ep “THE ATTIC SESSIONS” on the 14th of July 2012 and released their debut album “ATOMS AND COMBINATIONS” from Metal Postcard Records, Hong Kong in June 2014.

Smooth Relax
Smooth Relax are Anand Viankara and Tushar Nair. Listen to their self-titled debut on http://smoothrelax.bandcamp.com/album/smooth-relax
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Zoo and Smooth Relax gear for a gig in Delhi
Presenting to you, a new property by Pepsi MTV Indies and Hauz Khas Social featuring two live acts
Zoo
ZOO is a four piece electronic-alternative outfit from Kolkata, India. The music and the philosophy of the band brings forward a very organic alternative sound with coherent elements of drum-n-bass, ambient, industrial etc to portray the essence of metropolitan human life.
Formed in 2011, ZOO recorded and released their first self-produced independent ep “THE ATTIC SESSIONS” on the 14th of July 2012 and released their debut album “ATOMS AND COMBINATIONS” from Metal Postcard Records, Hong Kong in June 2014.
Smooth Relax
Smooth Relax are Anand Viankara and Tushar Nair. Listen to their self-titled debut on http://smoothrelax.bandcamp.com/album/smooth-relax
GO : MADras Festival sees enormous lineup

The GO:Crew present the 6th Edition of The GO:MADras Festival.
GO:MADras 6 will take place over two days, 20th and 21st Sept at the Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort in Mahabalipuram, with 30 hours of music and a dedicated after party for our VIP guests. Radisson Blu Temple Bay will form the perfect setting for the 6th edition of Chennai’s favourite music festival.

LINE UP

SLAM (Soma Records, UK)
This Scottish Dance Music duo have been key figures in promoting the Techno scene in the UK and Europe over the last 25 years through their performances and label, Soma Recordings. 

JAMES HARCOURT (Twisted Frequency, UK)
Label boss of Twisted Frequency Recordings, Studio Genius and veteran DJ/producer, James will bring his signature sound to the festival.


ADAM
AFM
ASH ROY
AMAR JACOB
ARJUN HORA 
AUDIO UNITS
BLANK
BLOT!
BOOMBAY CENTRAL
CHUBBY
ERIC
JITTER
KOHRA
M.MAT
MINITECH PROJECT
NIKHIL CHINAPA
OOZEUNDAT
RISHI SIPPY
ROHIT BARKER
SHIVA MOON
SLEEPWALKER
STARTEQ 
TECH-KKI
TUHIN MEHTA
TWOKID WICKID
8 BIT CULPRIT   High-res
GO : MADras Festival sees enormous lineup
The GO:Crew present the 6th Edition of The GO:MADras Festival.
GO:MADras 6 will take place over two days, 20th and 21st Sept at the Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort in Mahabalipuram, with 30 hours of music and a dedicated after party for our VIP guests. Radisson Blu Temple Bay will form the perfect setting for the 6th edition of Chennai’s favourite music festival.
LINE UP
SLAM (Soma Records, UK)
This Scottish Dance Music duo have been key figures in promoting the Techno scene in the UK and Europe over the last 25 years through their performances and label, Soma Recordings. 
JAMES HARCOURT (Twisted Frequency, UK)
Label boss of Twisted Frequency Recordings, Studio Genius and veteran DJ/producer, James will bring his signature sound to the festival.
ADAM
AFM
ASH ROY
AMAR JACOB
ARJUN HORA 
AUDIO UNITS
BLANK
BLOT!
BOOMBAY CENTRAL
CHUBBY
ERIC
JITTER
KOHRA
M.MAT
MINITECH PROJECT
NIKHIL CHINAPA
OOZEUNDAT
RISHI SIPPY
ROHIT BARKER
SHIVA MOON
SLEEPWALKER
STARTEQ 
TECH-KKI
TUHIN MEHTA
TWOKID WICKID
8 BIT CULPRIT
The New Wave Musicfest 2014 PRE-GIG on its seventh leg

ennui.BOMB along with Subculture and Art escape goa proudly present

The New Wave Musicfest 2014 PRE-GIG # 7
feat. Oh,Rocket (Kolkata) - Album launch “The Clouds Woke No Clocks”
and Shantanu Pandit

Saturday 20th September 2014
New Delhi.
The New Wave beckons!   High-res
The New Wave Musicfest 2014 PRE-GIG on its seventh leg
ennui.BOMB along with Subculture and Art escape goa proudly present
The New Wave Musicfest 2014 PRE-GIG # 7
feat. Oh,Rocket (Kolkata) - Album launch “The Clouds Woke No Clocks”
and Shantanu Pandit
Saturday 20th September 2014
New Delhi.
The New Wave beckons!
Peace + Music = This.

Eventwala in association with Vh1 India presents 
the Second Official ‘Peace One Day’ Festival, to be held in India, to commemorate ‘World Peace Day’.
A United Nations sanctioned event.

Line-up

Vibe Tribe (Mainstage Records, Israel)

Lyctum (TesseracTstudio, Serbia)

BIONIX (United Beats Records, France)

Slytrance (arkhive music, Australia)

Dual Drive (Iboga Records, India)

Vaeya (Zenon Records, India)

VirusLab (StarLab - Digital Om Productions vs Virus, India)

Bass Pilots

Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalize World Peace Day, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. Spreading music through peace.

For more info: 
www.peaceoneday.org 

Be there to celebrate peace through song on 20th September in Haryana.   High-res
Peace + Music = This.
Eventwala in association with Vh1 India presents 
the Second Official ‘Peace One Day’ Festival, to be held in India, to commemorate ‘World Peace Day’.
A United Nations sanctioned event.
Line-up
Vibe Tribe (Mainstage Records, Israel)
Lyctum (TesseracTstudio, Serbia)
BIONIX (United Beats Records, France)
Slytrance (arkhive music, Australia)
Dual Drive (Iboga Records, India)
Vaeya (Zenon Records, India)
VirusLab (StarLab - Digital Om Productions vs Virus, India)
Bass Pilots
Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalize World Peace Day, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. Spreading music through peace.
For more info: 
www.peaceoneday.org 
Be there to celebrate peace through song on 20th September in Haryana.
Weaving Kalapas to weave you a good one

If you are in Pune on 20th September, you might like this,

Whirling Kalapas is an acoustic-based trio comprising Uday Benegal, Sankarshan “Shanks” Kini and Ashwin Andrew. Their music can be described variously as neo-folk, alt-country and eclectic and bluesy acoustic pop. The band’s vocally rich and instrumentally diverse sound has been garnering praise from audiences across the country.

Uday is best known as the frontman of India’s foremost rock band Indus Creed, with whom he still writes and performs and has released four highly succesful albums. Multi-instrumentalist Shanks is a veteran session musician who has toured the world with Kailasa and currently plays with Bombay Acoustic People and Passenger Revelator. Ashwin is a bass guitarist trained in classical piano but prefers to play drums with such acts as Passenger Revalator and Suraj Jagan. All three musicians love to sing their hearts out.

Whirling Kalapas have recently released their self titled EP, which Uday and Shanks recorded along with Indus Creed guitar player Mahesh Tinaikar. The 4-song EP features guest performances by virtuoso percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, singers Suman Sridhar and Ankit Dayal, bassist Suresh Mendoza and drummer-percussionist Vivaan Kapoor.   High-res
Weaving Kalapas to weave you a good one
If you are in Pune on 20th September, you might like this,
Whirling Kalapas is an acoustic-based trio comprising Uday Benegal, Sankarshan “Shanks” Kini and Ashwin Andrew. Their music can be described variously as neo-folk, alt-country and eclectic and bluesy acoustic pop. The band’s vocally rich and instrumentally diverse sound has been garnering praise from audiences across the country.
Uday is best known as the frontman of India’s foremost rock band Indus Creed, with whom he still writes and performs and has released four highly succesful albums. Multi-instrumentalist Shanks is a veteran session musician who has toured the world with Kailasa and currently plays with Bombay Acoustic People and Passenger Revelator. Ashwin is a bass guitarist trained in classical piano but prefers to play drums with such acts as Passenger Revalator and Suraj Jagan. All three musicians love to sing their hearts out.
Whirling Kalapas have recently released their self titled EP, which Uday and Shanks recorded along with Indus Creed guitar player Mahesh Tinaikar. The 4-song EP features guest performances by virtuoso percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, singers Suman Sridhar and Ankit Dayal, bassist Suresh Mendoza and drummer-percussionist Vivaan Kapoor.
Formed in late 2011, TripShot Crew is an electronica outfit consisting of Maitreya Rajurkar and Ved Dhadphale, formed by the two with a shared vision of exploring new territories and breaching conventional musical boundaries. Catching up on the new wave, their music is an offshoot from the mainstream EDM culture and dwells along the lines of bass heavy genres such as glitch hop, drum n bass, dubstep, drumstep, breaks etc. Typical gigs are fuelled with break neck energy driven with the lower end of sound, cutting edge beats and the freshest sounds of modern electronica. Having hosted, curated and headlined several gigs and parties in their hometown, they are credited as being the pioneers of bass music in the city and have been bolstering it ever since the beginning. 
Brighton based Will Knighton is regarded as one of the most hotly tipped young producers and DJʼs to emerge from the UK Bass scene. Blurring the lines between house, dubstep and Dutch techno, Dismantle was catapulted into the limelight after his massive ʻComputationʼ track, getting hammered by the likes of Annie Mac, Diplo, Skream, Zane Lowe, Mista Jam, Toddla T and all the key tastes makers. Since then he continues to run his own label ʻGangoon Dubzʼ and has released on Gold Rush, Wheel N Deal and Caspaʼs Dub Police imprint.