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by saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, with Avasarala Kanyakumari (violin), M R Sainatha (mridangam percussion) and Bangalore Rajashekar (morsing mouth harp)
Kadri Gopalnath (1949 to 2019) was an Indian 'Carnatic' saxophonist. Kadri Gopalnath was born on December 6th 1949 in Sajeepa Mooda village, Bantwal, Dakshina Kannada, India. He first acquired a taste for music from his father, and this heightened after he saw a saxophone being played for the first time, by the Mysore Palace band. Upon hearing its vibrant tone, he soon decided to master it (it took him nearly 20 years to conquer the complex western wind instrument). Later to become well-known as 'the Saxophone Chakravarthy', he later learned to play 'Carnatic' music on the instrument (aided by lessons from N Gopalakrishna Iyer). He presented his first concert on the 'All India Radio' in 1978, following which he came into contact with the vocalist and 'mridangist' guru T V Gopalkrishnan in Madras, who saw his potential and subsequently tutored him. His maiden 'live' performance was for the Chembai Memorial Trust, but the 1980 Bombay Jazz Festival was also a big turning point for him. After hearing him play there, 'jazz' musician John Handy from California asked if he could accompany him on stage - this he did, and they became an instant hit with the audience. Among other 'jazz' festivals he played at were ones in Prague, Berlin, Mexico, Paris and London, and he went on to tour in concert across the rest of the world too. He also cut many albums, cassettes and CDs (together with the 'jazz' flautist James Newton he recorded the album "Southern Brothers"), and his audio-video presentation called "East-West" was a fusion of Western and Indian music. The album took six months to produce and contained compositions from the likes of Saint Tyagaraja and Beethoven, among others. He recorded for movie director K Balachander on the soundtrack for the Tamil film "Duet", mostly in the raga style called 'Kalyanavasantam'. In 2005, he started a collaboration with the American saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, and this resulted in the release of the 2008 album "Kinsmen" on 'Pi Recordings', plus a supporting US tour. Kadri Gopalnath died due to a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Mangalore on October 11th 2019, at the age of 69. http://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/saxophone-wizard-kadri-gopalnath-dies-at-69-767578.html
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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadri_Gopalnath
Posted: 13th November 2019
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