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Montage by Umbria Ensemble/Italy Ft. Ambi&Karthik
May 31, 2019, 7:00 pm
An evening of Western classical Chamber music performed by the Umbria Ensemble String Quartet (Perugia, Italy). This eclectic ensemble of 3 violins and a cello enjoy a very illustrious reputation not only in the Tuscany Region, but also extensively in many countries, internationally. They will be joined bt accomplished guest artists Pandit Ambi Subramaniam on Carnatic violin and Karthik Mani on assorted Indian percussion. The Umbria Ensemble String Quartet will perform a collection of Musical Masterpieces such as:
J. PACHELBEL – Canon in D Major
W.A. MOZART – Eine kleine NachtMusik KV525
T. ALBINONI – Adagio
G. ROSSINI – Sonata n°1 in G major
P. MASCAGNI – Intermezzo da Cavalleria Rusticana
G. ROSSINI – La Gazza ladra (Ouverture)
J.S. BACH – Air on the fourth string
A. VIVALDI – Allegro from the A maj. Concert
This concert is brought to you by Pragrup Foundation in association with Venue partners UB City, Prestige Constructions, Sublime, Vriuksh and bFLAT, Indiranagar with co-hosts FCML, JUNG, Listone Giordano and VETVNNA.
Soloists of considerable fame, and accomplished chamber music players of great artistic worth, each of them come with a solid Western classical formation that has provided them the initial momentum for the ensemble’s artistic journey, embracing a myriad of styles and developments in the most refined musical language.
From romanticism to the avant-garde – this powerhouse of talent have embraced a broad variety of musical genres right up to the latest expressions of today’s Music – their repertoire and the interpretative style of the “Umbria Ensemble” is characterized by a vital dynamism that has led the group to measure itself against, and produce concerts and events in cooperation with, the most interesting artistic undertakings of the moment (in the fields of Theatre, Cinema and Dance), in the belief that the boundaries separating Art Forms and Languages are of a purely academic nature.
The inescapable characteristics of the ensemble’s work are, in fact, the unquestionable, constantly excellent quality of its performances, and its openness to new artistic and cultural developments.
More about the Musicians Ensemble:
As soloists and chamber musicians, the members of the “Umbria Ensemble”, all leading musicians in the orchestras of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, of Bologna’s Municipal Theatre, and of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, have recorded for the Brilliant Classics, Camerata Tokyo, Sony, BMG, Dynamic and Tactus labels.
They have established, as their point of pride, a critical rendering of rare works from great composers of the past and – most importantly – the production of First Works with the important aim also of creating a virtuous, fertile intellectual and productive circuit. Many composers have dedicated their original works to Umbria Ensemble (Panni, Galante, De Rossi Re, Vessicchio, Vitale, Lucidi, Arcangeli, Volpi, Harvey, etc.
The Ensemble’s most recent successes include the Concerts held in Cyprus, France, Belgium, China, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, UK, Canada, South America; and the next tours in Thailand, HongKong, and US.
Also, the recording of a CD of music by Brahms and Schubert, for the “Camerata Tokyo” label and a great recording project including the best chamber music by Niccolò Paganini for Guitar and Strings; "Heaven", a CD born from a research in the ProgRock who was elected "CD of the Month (February 2014) and among the best of 2013" by the magazine "Suono" and has been selected by the “Sony” label to be included in the collection "Progressive Story 1970-2014" that collects the best of history of RockProg. A great recording project of Umbria Ensemble is the recording premiere of the complete String Quartets and Flute Quartet of Giambattista Viotti.
The publishing operation, based on the critical edition of the manuscripts of the eighteenth century, will be Distributed worldwide in the collection of four CDs for Brilliant Classics with which the Ensemble has signed a three-year contract.
Also worth mentioning the production of the show entitled “Storie degli ultimi giorni” (The Last Days), inspired by the figure and work of Italian Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli, which has also been produced as a DVD, and the last, successfully release for the TV: “Fratres”, a great Opera written together with best Italian living composers and poets, which is broadcast on the National Italian Television channel.
Umbria Ensemble is also a member of the Music and the Great War, which is part of the research and promotion of music written during the war with the patronage of the mission structure for the Commemoration of the centenary of the First World War – Prime Minister.
Umbria Ensemble was also invited to represent Italy with a concert in Brussels, Royale Cercle Gaulois at the Italian Presidency of the EU Council and to perform in a concert for the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Pandit Ambi Subramaniam- Violinist.
Ambi Subramaniam is a violinist, composer, and educator. He started performing on stage when he was six years old and was described as the “new king of Indian classical violin” by the Times of India. He was also described as 'India's 24-year-old Itzhak Perlman' by the Ozy Magazine.
Ambi is the Associate Dean of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), an institute that trains musically inclined children to become professional performers. In 2014, Ambi started the SaPa in Schools program with his sister, Bindu Subramaniam. SaPa in Schools is an initiative to integrate music into the mainstream academic curriculum and works with 25,000 children in India as of 2018.
Ambi’s awards include the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, two Global Indian Music Awards (GiMAs), and one BiMA. He was the three-time winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical Violinist and received a golden violin from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18 years old.
Pandit Karthik Mani (Karthik Subramanya)– Percussionist / Drummer
Karthik Mani hails from a family of musicians – his father, TAS Mani is a renowned percussionist of "The Karnataka College of Percussion", and his mother R.A.Ramamani is a reputed groundbreaking Carnatic vocalist who has performed all over the world and has pioneered the genre of Carnatic-jazz fusion. Karthik is a young and energetic percussionist and drummer with a solid foundation in South Indian Classical Music, who now follows in his father's footsteps. He shares a passion for drumming and has been playing since the age of five. He started learning both Vocal and Mridangam at a very early age. After a few years, he showed more interest in Mridangam and other Percussion Instruments. At the age of 13, he had got the third rank in the Karnataka State Junior Mridangam Examination.
He has performed in various prestigious festivals in India, China, Spain, Germany, USA, Turkey, Bangkok, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Australia. He got appreciations from the musicians and the audience there. He has performed with musicians like, Carnatic maestro Mandolin U. Sreenivas, Carnatic flute Maestro N. Ramani, Guruvayoor Dorai, Shrimunshum Rajarao, Violinist Mysore Manjunath, Praveen Godkhindi ,Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, Sitarist Ravi Chary ,Pt Vijay Ghate, Louis Banks, Karl Peters, Keith Peters, Amith Heri, Ranjit Barot,, Ronan Guilfoyle, Zoltan Lantos, Okay Temiz, Ramesh Shotham, Mike Herting, African singer Mory Kante, Tunisian singer Dhafer Yousuf, Afro-Cuban percussionist Mokhtar Samba, Japanese guitarist Paul Shigihara, Lucas Niggli, Trombonist Nils Wogram, Philip Shaufberger, to name a few. He has performed shows all over India with various renowned Carnatic and Hindustani musicians.
No Reservations – seating on a first come basis.