There will be a 5:30 pre-concert talk with UCLA Ethnomusicology Professor Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, expert in the music of India and Bollywood, in addition to performances by UCLA's Near East Ensemble and Music of India Ensemble. THE CONCERT BEGINS AT 7:30pm.
All India Radio's signature tune, played every morning since 1936, has been heard by literally billions of people on the Indian sub-continent. The melody has come to represent India and elicits nostalgia, patriotism, and a very definite sense of place. It was more than a little surprising to learn that it is the work of an unknown Jewish composer from Czechoslovakia, Walter Kaufmann, who fled to Bombay with the rise of National Socialism. But Kaufmann's concert-works, a unique melding of Indian and Western traditions, remain completely unknown. Their discovery and Kaufmann's extraordinary life are the touchstones of this evening of music performed by the ARC Ensemble.
Nominated for its third Grammy in 2016, the ARC Ensemble is one of Canada's most distinguished cultural ambassadors. The ensemble has appeared at major festivals and series including the New York's Lincoln Center Festival, Canada's Stratford Festival, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and Washington's Kennedy Center.