It was great to see everyone earlier this month for Percussion Day at OU and at the Martin Luther King Day Celebration in A2. I just want to remind you that tomorrow night (Saturday 1/30) is our special fundraiser for musicians affected by last month’s floods in Chennai, India. This benefit is in collaboration with the Carnatica Archival Center, a Chennai-based non-profit. The concert will take place beginning at 7pm at OU’s Varner Recital Hall and will feature Michigan Jugalbandi, a group including myself (mbira/ gyil) along with fellow OU professors Sam Jeyasingham (mridangam/ kanjira/ morsing) and Patrick Fitzgibbon (tabla/ drum set) as well as OU graduate student Matt Dufresne (saxophones). Michigan Jugalbandi’sperformance will be followed by a traditional Carnatic performance featuring our region's preeminent Carnatic musicians: Madurai Sundar (voice), Jay Balan (violin), and Jannagan Jeyakumar (mridangam).
Our co-sponsor, the Great Lakes Aradhana Committee (GLAC), Michigan’s premier Carnatic music presenter, will collect donations at the door. All funds raised will be sent directly to the Carnatic Archival Center in Chennai to support Chennai-based musicians, many of whom lost everything in the recent floods. As GLAC is a non-profit, your donations are tax deductible. Also, if you are not able to attend but would still like to make a donation, donations can be made online here.
Thanks for your support,