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11/12/2019 FEATURED COUNTRY: INDIA at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA
Aki Kumar www.akikumar.com
Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar left his home in Mumbai for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed.
With his Little Village Foundation debut, "Aki Goes to Bollywood", Kumar began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation. Kumar’s follow-up album, "Hindi Man Blues", boasts his most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar recently performed at the prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI “The World,” and has toured in Russia, South America and Scandinavia.
Hailed as a star among the next generation of West Coast blues artists and versatile in many different styles of roots music, Kumar is equally at ease rocking a Jimmy Reed number in English as he is belting out a signature, swingin' re-interpretation of a Bollywood classic in Hindi. Cleverly crafted originals featuring his masterful blues harmonica riffs are a highlight of this charismatic entertainer's live performances.
09/28/2017 FEATURED COUNTRY: THE PHILIPPINES at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum
Titania Buchholdt on the Kulintang
Each Color-Coded Symphony performance highlights a different country. For our premiere, we featured guest musician, Titania Buchholdt, on the kulintang (Filipino gongs). Titania performs traditional kulintang ensemble music both nationally and internationally, most recently at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. She has studied with many kulintang musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Philippines, but her longest and closest association was with the late Danongan “Danny” Kalanduyan, the only Filipino-American to have been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, Ms. Buchholdt is a Master Artist in the Apprenticeship program of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. For more information, please visit www.kulintang.org.