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Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones
Presented by Indexical
Elder Ones, a quartet led by vocalist, harmonium player, and composer Amirtha Kidambi. Kidambi fuses the ecstatic and revolutionary free jazz spirituality of John and Alice Coltrane’s later work with her own background in Carnatic and Western classical vocal techniques. Her quartet includes Max Jaffe on drums and his custom Sensory Percussion electronics, Matt Nelson on soprano sax and synthesizer, and Nick Dunston on bass, and is anchored in free jazz even as it pushes into new futurist realms.
The second release by Amirtha Kidambi’s ensemble Elder Ones, From Untruth is comprised of four pieces grappling with issues of power, oppression, capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, violence and the shifting nature of truth. This music means to give the listener momentary relief from the anxiety and pain caused by living in our current reality.
Featuring opening set by Keshav Batish.
7:15 PM pre-concert Q&A with Eric Porter (UCSC, History of Consciousness) and Amirtha Kidambi
This event is supported in part with funds from the Hasan Endowment for Indian Classical Music at UCSC.
Indexical is a Santa Cruz 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to experimentation in music.
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