Layopasana 1: Rhythmic Voyage
About the CD: Recorded in a single take, the critically-acclaimed solo for mridangam-- the ancient South Indian drum-- is an original composition specially set in the traditional Indian time cycle of 2 kalai Adi Tala, which consists of 16 repeating units. Equally improvised and precomposed, the solo features a wide display of rhythmic intricacies, including elaborations in complex subdivisions of 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9, and highlights the stunning tonalities of the mridangam. Blending the rich percussive styles of a host of Indian drums like the tabla, tavil, and khanjira, as well as the legendary techniques of past masters of Indian percussion, Rohan creates a refreshing and inimitable style on the mridangam. Reviews of Layopasana 1: 'Spine tingling rhythmic fireworks from a young expert in the art of South Indian drumming.' - Grammy-award winning framedrummer Glen Velez. 'His style is very mature and reflects that of senior mridangists, particularly the legendary C.S. Murughabhupathy.' - World-renowned Indian slide guitarist Chitravina N. Ravikiran. 'His tani avartanam (solo) for Adi Tala with imaginative permutations and combinations in the different nadais, the flawless beats, meetus, chappus, arai chappus, etc., played with appreciable clarity and the crowning rhythmic finale, has the seal of quality. Rohan is a natural and is bound to go far in his chosen art form of percussion.' - The Hindu, Chennai (India) About Rohan: Acclaimed an "international performer and promoter" of the South Indian pitched drum, the mridangam, by USA Today, Rohan Krishnamurthy is today considered a young musical ambassador in the Indian music scene. Having initially received mridangam training with Damodaran Srinivasan over a telephonic setup in the U.S. and continuing advanced training from the mridangam maestro Guruvayur Dorai in India, Rohan has performed in hundreds of concerts in North America and India since the age of nine with leading Indian musicians like Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Dr. N. Ramani, R. K. Srikantan, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, S. Shashank, T. M. Krishna, S. Sowmya, etc. He has been invited to perform for ten consecutive years during the celebrated December Music Season in Chennai, India and has spearheaded numerous cross-musical ventures with well-known symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, and distinguished musicians including Grammy Award-winners Glen Velez and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Anoushka Shankar, and Ayano Ninomiya. He recently presented a weeklong performance of "Echoes," a novel concerto for mridangam and string orchestra, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, an event that attracted nearly 13,000 schoolchildren from across Michigan. "Echoes" has since been programmed by several professional orchestras in the U.S. Rohan has presented numerous Indian percussion summer camps, workshops, academic lecture-demonstrations, and ambassadorial events throughout the U.S. and India, and is the recipient of several awards, including USA Today's "All-College Academic Second Team," "Young Artist of India" by Bharat Kalachar (Chennai, India), Thomas Siwe Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society, and "Prodigy in Performing Arts" by the Indo-American Center in New York City. An innovator, Rohan has redesigned the ancient mridangam to make it more user-friendly and durable. His work resulted in a publication in the premier music journal, Percussive Notes, last year. This past summer, Rohan conducted acoustical research on his new design at Coe College, Iowa, and was invited to present his work at the Acoustical Society of America's annual conference in New Orleans, where his presentation received the "Best Student Paper" award. Rohan's multifaceted accomplishments earned him a one-on-one meeting and performance for the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, at the presidential office and estate in New Delhi. The President commented, "You an expert in your field and are doing wonderful things to bridge cultures through music. You have a very bright future!" This fall, Rohan will be entering a graduate program in ethnomusicology at the prestigious Eastman School of Music as a Provost's Fellow.