2/23/2009 Song and dance from India to be performed at Linfield
McMINNVILLE – A performance featuring traditional music and dance will be offered at the “Classical Music and Dance from India” concert on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
The performance will showcase North Indian light classical vocal music sung by Nisha Joshi, solo tabla played by Chaz Hastings, instrumental sitar played by Joshi and the South Indian Bharatanatyam dance performed by students of the Navarasa School of Dance. The concert will include a variety of traditional South Indian classical dances by six dancers.
“Each year, the Department of Music seeks to present a concert of music with guest artists from around the globe for the college and community,” said Faun Tanenbaum Tiedge, professor of music and chair of the Linfield College Music Department. “Previous concerts featured music from Asia and Africa. This year, we will present a very special evening of music and dance from India.”
Joshi is the director of Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music of Portland, which is affiliated with an Indian university. Joshi has taught North Indian music for 25 years and has performed all over the Pacific Northwest at festivals, concerts, colleges and universities. She earned a Ph.D. in Indian classical music from Delhi University in India. Joshi has received numerous awards and was one of eight selected to participate in Jack Straw Production’s Traditional Artist Support Program funded by the National Endowment for Arts. She currently teaches at Lewis and Clark College and Reed College in Portland.
Hastings is a well-known performer of Indian percussion in Portland. He has received training from a tabla master in New Delhi. Hastings performs North Indian classical and folk music and is also a performer of Latin, Spanish and Middle Eastern percussion. The tabla is a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of different-sized hand drums.
The concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Music in collaboration with the Dean's Speaker's Fund and the International Programs Office. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.