Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Concert: Music by Akshaya Avril Tucker, featuring Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak

Wed, March 21, 2018 | MRH Bates Recital Hall (2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX, 78712)

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Saili Oak
Saili Oak

Akshaya Avril Tucker, Masters of Music Composition Recital

Free and open to the public!

Performed by:
Saili Oak, Hindustani Vocalist
prismatx ensemble
Suzanne Lis, Soprano
Aruna Kharod, Sitar
Nicholas Perry Clark, conductor

Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer, cellist and Odissi dancer whose work is greatly inspired by the musical and dance traditions of South Asia. She graduated from Brown University in 2015, and received a Brown University Distinguished Senior Thesis Award. She has performed Odissi dance worldwide with Nataraj Dance Company under Guru Ranjanaa Devi, and received two grants to study Hindustani music on cello in India in 2014. She studies with Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Stephen Slawek, Sitar.

Saili Oak occupies a unique space in cultural crossover. She is a senior disciple of Hindustani vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, and founded her own academy of Hindustani music in San Diego 5 years ago. She has extensive training in Hindustani Classical music and accrued numerous awards and accolades in India, including the Ministry of Culture’s Scholarship for Hindustani music, the Pt. Jasraj Yuva Award, Pt. Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Award, and Gaanwardhan Award, and the All India Classical music competition at the age of 17. She has also worked with distinguished composers of Western music, like Reena Esmail, and has performed as a soloist with the Albany Symphony.

Breathing Sunlight (2017), for Violin-Cello Duo
Lagan Bina (2016), for Hindustani Vocalist and String Quartet
Shaam (2017), for Sitar and Sinfonietta
Three Songs for Hindustani Vocalist, Soprano, and Sinfonietta (2018)
     Geliebte Sakhi

Sponsored by: The Rainwater Fund for American Music and the South Asia Institute

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