Music

Morning Music: Pandit Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas accompanied by Aditya Kalyanpur

Internationally acclaimed performers, composers, cultural entrepreneurs, and music educators Pandit Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas carry Indian music towards new horizons with their strong belief in the unifying power of music.

A protégé of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, Rao has established himself, “not only as a master of his instrument, but also as a thinking musician.” Critics and connoisseurs hail him as a worthy successor to his Guru's tradition.

Rao-de Haas was trained as a Western cellist from a young age, but changed direction when she came in touch with Indian music in 1993. She is known as a master performer in Indian classical music and hailed as the creator of a new instrument: the Indian cello.

Internationally, they have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Sydney Opera House, the Salzburg International Music Festival, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the National Arts Festival in South Africa, the BRICS Summit in China, and the Théȃtre de la Ville in Paris. In India, they have performed at numerous major music festivals.

Schedule Info:

  • 21st September
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Skyscapes

Evening Concert: Los Chicos Malos – Salsa & Latin Jazz

José Alberto Cabrera, a vocalist from Caracas, Venezuela, started singing at the early age of 9. At 15, he heard salsa for the first time and was hooked. He has been the lead singer of several salsa bands in Denver as well as in Florida.

Jonny Jyemo is a Colorado-based musician. He can be found playing with groups in the Boulder area as well as internationally. With a musical style rooted in the dance rhythm of clave, he is a first call drummer for bands playing salsa, reggae, funk, and West African styles of music. He is also the director of his own Latin-reggae group, Jyemo Club.

Victor Mestas, a pianist from Caracas, Venezuela, has performed with acclaimed bands such as Guaco and Trabuco Venezolano, and has also accompanied world-renowned singers, including Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias. Since moving to Boulder, he’s been performing in the Brazilian-Latin jazz scene, and last year started to teach Latin jazz ensemble as part of the Thompson Jazz Studies Program.

Zak Kopeikin studied jazz and commercial music at Santa Barbara Community College, but learned Latin jazz and salsa under the guidance of local musicians Rene and Reuben Martinez. After a stint on Carnival, Zak returned to Santa Barbara, where he continued playing with various groups and picking up session work. In Colorado, during his PhD program, Kopeikin was lucky to meet Victor Mestas and has been playing with Los Chicos Malos ever since.

Leo Munoz-Corona was born in Mexico City and has performed and collaborated with artists such as Tom Coster, Willie Colon, Jaguares, Juanes, Lucero, Ricardo Arjona, Paulina Rubio, Franco de Vita, Ana Bárbara, Paty Manterola, Pilar Montenegro, Cecilia Toussaint, Sasha Sokol, La Barranca, Curanderos, and many more.

Schedule Info:

  • 21st September
  • 6:30 PM Onwards
  • Canyon Theater

Morning Music by Shruthi Vishwanath

Shruthi Vishwanath is a singer and composer who specializes in mystic music of the Indian subcontinent. Her work lies at the intersections of folk and classical, intellectual and visceral, and she takes a keen interest in composing and reviving sung poetry by women. She regularly performs and teaches both in India and overseas.

Schedule Info:

  • 22nd September
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Skyscapes