Fabrice de Graef / Ghatam Giridhar Udupa
Sean Agus Nua presents: BAMBOO AND CLAY: A Celebration of Indian Music.
featuring the music of Fabrice de Graef and Ghatam Giridhar Udupa
Fabrice de Graef is a professional bamboo bansuri flute player one of the very few in the West. In fact, Fabrice is the only Western bansurist to have ever received an Indian government scholarship to study with H. P. Chaurasia and Dr. L. Subramaniam, one of the best masters of our time.
The main focus of Fabrice’s work remains the classical Indian duet format: the music of the bansuri flute and classical Indian percussion instruments as he learned it from his Indian teachers. A traditional Indian raga usually consists of two parts: first comes the alap, an unaccompanied introduction that embodies the innate meditative traits of Fabrice’s music. Then starts the gat as the percussions join in to expresses openness, virtuosity and freedom to improvise…
and most importantly, the joy with which Fabrice interacts with the other musicians onstage.
At a concert in 2006, Fabrice’s band had to use a gatham instead of a tabla. This happened because the tabla had
not been tuned in time for the show. The magic sound of this impromptu combination gave rise to a concert programme called « Bamboo And Clay ». A series of concerts featuring this program followed, culminating at the 2011 Festival of India in Montpeyroux, where the band was received with a standing ovation.
Ghatam Giridhar Udupa is one of the leading musicians in the world of rhythm. Thumping into the musical world at an age as tender as 4, Udupa has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity. Udupa, a commerce graduate, has treaded the path of music with a heart of an artist and the will of an innovator. His persistence for perfection has taken him to the league of the nation’s most sought after percussionists. He performs on the Ghatam, the Indian claypot. He also performs on varied South Indian percussion instruments including Mridangam, Khanjira and Morsing. He renders Konnakol (syllables) with equal aplomb.