Vocalist

The Bubbha Thomas HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT

Lets Party With A Purpose!

The Bubbha Thomas HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT Saturday, December 8th 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

Jazz Education Inc. returns to host another stellar Holiday musical event, ushering in the true spirit of Christmas.

Each year the Holiday Jazz Concert brings awareness to organizations in our community that provide services necessary to strengthen the health, wellness, and provision of those in need*

You can strengthen our cause by "Showing Up" and "Showing Out" this holiday season. Jazz is the gift that keeps on giving! LET'S PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!



FEATURING:

"Songbird" Julie Johnson and Trio

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:

Summer Jazz Workshop All Stars with members of UNTITLED and 915

Trinity Jazz Singers



Free Admission with 5 Non-perishable Food Items or Men’s Socks.

Great fun for all ages! Let's celebrate the holiday spirit with a little JAZZ.

Light bites and drinks served.

Visit us online for more information or call 713.839.7000.

WWW.JAZZEDUCATION.ORG

*Concert donations will benefit the efforts of the Emergency Aide Coalition & The Lord of the Streets Homeless Shelter.

When:
Dec 8, 2018
Cost:
FREE w/5 Non-perishable Food Items or Men’s Socks
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

28th Annual Choral Invitational


Participating schools:

Elkins High School; John Richardson, director
Pearland High School; Michael Kessler, director
Seven Lakes High School; Emily Chandler, director
Shadow Creek High School; Jennifer Gallagher, director

Note: Start time for this event is earlier than typical Moores School of Music events.

When:
Nov 5, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
Free admission
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6th Annual AfriFest

AfriFest2018

Experience Africa right here in Houston!! 

In partnership with various Houston African communities, the
Nigerian-American Multicultural Council (NAMC) presents another exciting
opportunity for the Houston Community to embark on a cultural journey through
Africa and celebrate her rich diversity in a typical African open market
setting featuring international live performances, a country tour, arts and
crafts, ethnic food and cuisines from different African regions, Ankara cloth
fashion, folklore tales from the motherland, kids' activities, and more fun
activities during the 6th Annual AfriFest.

Houston AFRIFEST is a festival that celebrates Africa from
Senegal to Ethiopia, Egypt to South-Africa, the peoples of Africa are proud to
share their unique and diverse culture with the most diverse city in the United
States.

When:
Oct 27, 2018
Cost:
$5 for Adults; 18 & Under/Senior Citizens FREE
Time:
12:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
$5 for Adults; 18 & Under/Senior Citizens FREE
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Houston

Houston’s Met auditions will be held on Saturday, January 5
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are now in their 66th year to discover exceptional talent by providing a venue for young opera singers across North America at all levels of development to be heard by representatives of the Metropolitan Opera.  The auditions are open to opera singers between the ages of 20 and 30 and highlight those with the greatest potential for operatic careers.  

The Houston District, now in its 8th year, is one of 42 districts across 13 regional organizations, all run by local volunteers.  Houston’s Met auditions will be held on Saturday, January 5 from 10 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. at Rice University’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall.  For Houston’s January 5 Met Auditions the judges will be: Vincent Cole, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Director of Resident Artist Program; Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director, Des Moines Metro Opera; and Sally Wolf, soprano, who has sung major roles in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York City Operas.  She now teaches at Rider University in New Jersey.  Maestro Richard Bado, Director of Artistic Operations as well as Chorus Master for HGO, will provide piano accompaniment.  Admission to the competition is free and open to the public.

Due Date: Jan 5, 2019
Contact Name: Barbara Kauffman
Phone: 713-533-9403
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Benefit recital featuring Sofia Selowsky and Bethany Self

The Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) announces a benefit recital featuring Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano, and Bethany Self, piano

Houston, TX (August 30, 2018) – The Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) announces a benefit recital featuring Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano, and Bethany Self, piano, to be held at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Road, Houston, TX, 77024, on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm with a reception following.  Admission is suggested at $25.00.   Ms. Selowsky will perform a variety of arias from Mozart, Strauss, Rossini and DeFalla.  Proceeds will be used towards prizes for the winners of the annual MONC Houston District Auditions in January, 2019.   For reservations call 713-970-7112.

Praised by Opera News as a “silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise,” Sofia Selowsky is quickly establishing herself as an exciting artist on both the operatic and concert stage.  This past season, Ms. Selowsky sang with the Houston Ballet in its production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, the Lexington Philharmonic for performances of Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, and the North Carolina Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem.  Additional debuts included her return to the Houston Grand Opera to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Mercedes in Carmen at the Atlanta Opera.  This summer, she joined Des Moines Metro Opera for their production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, performing the role of the Stewardess.  Future performances include the title role in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston, Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony.  Ms. Selowsky is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Bethany Self, the accompanist, currently serves as Artist Teacher of Opera Studies at Rice University. Previously she was on music staff for eight years at Houston Grand Opera, where she was an assistant conductor and principal coach for main stage productions.

When:
Oct 14, 2018
Cost:
$25
Time:
2:30 pm
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Christina Wells LIVE @ Rec Room

Join Houston's Very Own America's Got Talent Super Star!

Houston very own, Christina Wells, hits the Rec Room stage on Friday, July 20th at 8 pm for a Summer celebration Rec Room style! Get ready for an intimate set with some powerful vocals as the America's Got Talent contestant, Christina Wells, sings our favorite songs and you sip on discounted drinks from our bar.

Did we mention they are discounted drinks from our bar?

Bar opens at 6:30 pm 
$1 off all beer 
$2 off all wine 
Doors at 7:30 pm 
Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are ONLY $5. Pre-sale is highly recommended

When:
Jul 20, 2018
Cost:
$5
Time:
7:30 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7:30 pm, $5
Location:
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FREE traditional music presented by Česka Moravská Kapela

The Czech Center Museum Houston invites you to come out on Tuesday, May 22 and enjoy an evening of traditional musical arrangements performed by Ceska Moravska Kapela accompanied by Czech recording artists Eva Adams and Vasek Sevcik.


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The Czech Republic observes two important milestones in 2018 — the 100th Anniversary of Czech sovereignty and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic.  

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To celebrate these milestones, the Czech Center Museum Houston invites you to come out on Tuesday, May 22 and enjoy an evening of traditional musical arrangements performed by Ceska Moravska Kapela accompanied by Czech recording artists Eva Adams and Vasek Sevcik.  

Ceska Moravska Kapela is a traveling ensemble of the Pardubice Conservatory in the Czech Republic.  Suggested Donation:  $10 and all monies raised goes to defraying travel expenses.  Wine and beer available.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for the performance from 7 until 9 p.m.

They will also be performing at the National Polka Festival in Ennis over the Memorial Day weekend.


When:
May 22, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
FREE
General Categories: 

FREE Czech/Slovak Singing Class

You are welcome to join our 'Bohemian -Moravian-Slovakian Singing Circle!


You are welcome to join our 'Bohemian -Moravian-Slovakian Singing Circle!

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     SATURDAY Afternoon  

      MAY 5th 2018.  2:30 P.M. 

     at the Czech Center Museum Houston 

 

Learn Czech & Slovak lyrics, understand the words and their meaning. 

Stania, our wonderful Czech singing teacher, loves Moravian Folk Songs and is excited to share her passion with you.

To register for the class, call 713 528 2060 or email development@czechcenter.org


When:
May 19, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
2:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE
General Categories: 

SYMPHONY’S UNLIMITED, INC. PRESENTS LAKSHMINARAYANA GLOBAL MUSIC FESTIVAL - BOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND - FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY WITH LENGENDARY VIOLINIST DR. L. SUBRAMANIAM AND AWARD WINNING KAVITA KRISHNAMURTI SUBRAMANIAM FEATURING GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ERNIE WATTS

Contact Name:
Brittany Zucker
Contact Phone:
8322871970

(Houston, TX - April 12, 2018) The melding of musical genres can be
mesmerizing, spellbinding and enthralling, but when the “God of Indian violin”
joins the “melody queen” Bollywood and
Beyond
is born. Combine that with “one of the greatest living tenor
saxophonists,” Ernie Watts, who will be featured in the concert along with
SubraMania – Bindu (“third generation prodigy”) and Ambi Subramaniam (“the new
king of Indian Classical Violin”) and the outcome is sheer magic. The Lakshminarayana
Global Music Festival, conceived by Dr. L. Subramaniam, who is also credited
with creating Global Fusion, a concept that promotes the cross-cultural
collaboration between artists of different types delivers. The results are
exquisite and astounding. Lauded as the “The God of Indian Violin” by The Times of India, Dr. L. Subramaniam
has produced, performed, collaborated and conducted close to two hundred
recordings with a wide variety of artists from every medium of music fusing
together non-western and western musical traditions. Whether he is joining
Stevie Wonder playing “My Cherie Amour” at the United Nations, performing with The
New York Philharmonic (Fantasy on Vedic Chants), performing a violin virtuosi
at the Berlin Opera (Global Symphony) or enthralling listeners at the Royal
Albert Hall, the rave reviews continue to flood in: “Simply the best…the
greatest classical Indian violinist of our time…” says the Dubai Sunday Times; “L. Subramaniam, violin visionary, an Indian
master, creates a new global fusion.” declares Rhythm, USA; and the Chicago
World Music Festival
proclaims “Arguably the greatest violinist in the
history of Indian music”. One thing is clear, Dr. Subramaniam understands how
to blend all avenues of music and does so with poise, elegance and
self-assuredness. The intersecting of all these styles of music is implemented
magnificently and quite literally, music to ones ears.   

 

The
Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival was established in 1992 by Dr. L.
Subramaniam and Viji Subramaniam, in the memory of his late father Professor V.
Lakshminarayana. Since its inception, the LGMF has brought together some of the
greatest artists from around the world including Yehudi Menuhin, M.S.
Subbulakshmi, Bismillah Khan, Al Jarreau and Jean-Luc Ponty. In 2010, Kavita
Krishnamurti Subramaniam took over as Artistic Director. LGMF is the only music
festival that has been able to showcase worldwide talent and provide a platform
for all different styles of music intertwining Indian Classical (Carnatic and
Hindustani), Jazz, Rock, Western Classical, Orchestral, Indian Folk, Ghazals,
Hindi Film music, and different Classical and Folk styles. Live performances
from the LGMF have been released as audio CDs and DVDs and episodes of the
festival have been aired in over seventy countries. The festival has been held
in 55 cities across 22 countries on 5 continents and has received tremendous
support from the press and public alike, hosting audiences of up to 200,000
people at a single event. Bollywood and
Beyond
will feature critically acclaimed violinist Dr. L Subramaniam and
Bollywood Award winning singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam with guest
appearances by two-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts and
SubraMania - Bindu + Ambi at the Stafford Civic Center, Friday, April 27th from
8-10pm at what promises to be a one of a kind, magical, multi-cultural musical extravaganza
benefitting Parkinson’s disease.

 

World renowned and undeniably
India's foremost violinist, Dr. L. Subramaniam has produced, performed,
collaborated, and conducted close to two hundred recordings with artists such
as Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Joe
Sample, Al Jarreau, Larry Coryell, Corky Siegel, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham,
Maynard Ferguson, Baba Olatunji, and Miya Masaoka. He is the only musician who
has performed/recorded Carnatic Classical Music, Western Classical Music, both
Orchestral and non-Orchestral, composed for major Orchestras such as the London
Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Suisse Romande, served as musical advisor to
Peter Brook for “Mahabharata”, composed music for feature films, including
“Salaam Bombay” and “Mississippi Masala” as well as being the featured soloist
for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Merchant-Ivory Productions, “Little Buddha” and
“Cotton Mary”. He has performed on all continents and is largely responsible
for the international status that Indian music enjoys today. Of the legendary
violinist, the New York Times claimed, “The best this listener has heard….” Subramaniam
started the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), a premier institute
for musical education and the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, the
biggest global music festival in India. Additionally, he is a book author
,
holds an M.B.B.S from Madras
Medical College, a Master’s Degree in Western Classical Music and a Ph. D in
Music. His latest album “Beyond Borders,” featuring George Duke, Herbie
Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Ernie Watts, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and the
late Stéphane Grappelli will be released in the latter part of 2018.

 

Joining him in this
year’s Global Music Festival is his wife, beloved Bollywood singer, Kavita
Krishnamurti Subramaniam. Undoubtedly one of the favorites of critics and
masses, Kavita’s singing career reads like a fairy tale. Her exquisite and
mellifluous voice, wide range and, versatility to sing different styles and
types of songs has put her in a unique place amongst singers deeming her a
“melody queen” by leading critics and connoisseurs alike. While in college, she
started singing professionally on stage with the great music director and
singer Hemant Kumar, Mukesh and Manna Dey. She has received several awards and
honors, including the coveted “Padmashree” from the President of India,
A.P.J.Abdul Kalam in 2005 and is a four-time recipient of the Filmfare Award
and two-time recipient of the Bollywood Award. She was the main featured
soloist in the “Global Fusion” album released by Warner Bros., featuring
musicians from five continents. Additionally, Kavita has sung as a soloist with
orchestras including Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic and
London Symphony Orchestra. Having sung more than 15,000 songs, she is one
artist who has managed to prove herself in every musical field which she has
chosen to enter. Kavita also holds honorary doctorates from prestigious
institutions for her contribution in music.

 

Also performing at Bollywood and Beyond is two-time Grammy
Award winner Ernie Watts, one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone
players in music. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists
ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his
unforgettable trademark sound. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious
Frankfurt Music Prize given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany, presented to
both classical and non-classical musicians. After 15 albums as a leader, Watts
had the occasion to record with the legendary Thelonious Monk on Monk's Blues (Columbia).
His signature sound has been heard on countless TV shows and movie scores,
almost all the early West Coast Motown sessions and with pop stars such as
Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan. In 1983, the film composer Michel Colombier
wrote an orchestral piece entitled "Nightbird" for Watts. He has
performed at the Kennedy Center, in Australia with Billy Cobham and orchestra
and with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles. A typical year finds him
touring Europe with his own European Quartet and working as a feature artist
with other artists he admires. One of these has been iconic South Indian
violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam, fusing Western classical music, jazz, Middle
Eastern and Asian themes with Carnatic Indian tradition. Watts appears on
Subramaniam’s latest recording project "Beyond Borders." He gives
back by conducting clinics and master classes, both on the student and
professional level.

 

Rounding out the festival
marquis and making it a true family affair is SubraMania, the collaboration of Subramaniam’s
children Bindu and Ambi, both who have gained critical acclaim as solo artists.
After its successful launch in 2013, SubraMania has firmly established itself
on the world music scene, building on the multi-generational musical tradition
that it takes forward, but with a sound that is distinctly its own. Formed by
brother and sister progenies, singer/songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and
violinist/composer Ambi Subramaniam, SubraMania fuses traditional Indian music
with elements of pop, rock and jazz, to create contemporary world music. In
addition to creating their own material in English and traditional Indian
languages, SubraMania works with well-known classics and jazz standards to
interpret them in a completely new light.

 

Bindu Subramaniam’s voice
has been described as “haunting” and “hypnotic”. Having been called an “assured
young soprano,” she wrote her first song at seven and has been performing since
the age of twelve. She has performed with her family, with her band, and as a
soloist with orchestras including London Symphony, Liepzig Philharmonic and
Liepajas Symphony. She has collaborated with Al Jarreau, George Duke, Stanley
Clarke, Ernie Watts, Larry Coryell and Corky Siegel among others. Her debut
solo album “Surrender” was released in 2011 and nominated for a GiMA. In 2012,
she was named one of 12 GenNext Achievers by Verve Magazine.

 

Hailed as "the new
king of Indian classical violin" by the
Times of India, Ambi plays duet violin concerts with his father Dr.
L. Subramaniam, in addition to solo concerts. As an orchestral soloist, Ambi
has performed with the London Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra
Nationale du Lille, Sinfonia Baltica, the Leipzig Philharmonic, and the
Liepajas Symphony, to name a few. While performing around the world, he has
received numerous awards including the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary
Youth Award and two GiMAs. Ambi has appeared for the Associated Board Royal
School of Music's violin exams ranking first nationally and was the three-time
winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical
Violinist. Apart from the violin, Ambi also received distinctions in Piano and
Western music theory. He recently released his debut solo album “India Violin”
to much critical acclaim.

 

Experience what the New York Times has deemed, “Positively
dazzling…” an iconic evening of astounding world fusion music by some of the
most iconic musicians of our time benefitting Parkinson’s disease
and commemorating the 70th year of
India's Independence. The festival is a do not miss event, visiting Houston for
one night only at the Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Avenue,
Stafford, TX, 77477, 281-499-5763 on Friday, April 27, 2018 from
8-10PM.

 

About Symphony’s
Unlimited
:
Symphony’s Unlimited was founded in 2015 by Rajesh Vishwakarma and Kasthuri
Rangan, to produce Bollywood type musical shows featuring the above two, local
talent and invited guests from India. They have staged two shows to raise
awareness of and support for the fight against Parkinson’s disease affording
them to contribute a respectable amount of funds to the Michael J. Fox
Foundation. Rajesh Vishwakarma also staged a show in memory of the late and
great Mohammad Rafi Sahab. Symphony’s Unlimited performs at smaller venues by
invitation. Symphony’s Unlimited is proud and privileged to stage the Bollywood and Beyond show.

Tickets
may be purchased at
www.humtumdesi.com for $30, $50, $75 and $100. Students receive a 20% discount
off of tickets purchased before April 24th.

Self-parking
is available in front of and behind Stafford Civic Center located at 1415
Constitution Avenue, Stafford, TX, 77477.

For EPKs,
full bios, additional images and music videos, please visit:

Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival Facebook:
www.facebook.com/globalmusicfestival/

Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/saibhakt7?feature=watch

Dr. L. Subramaniam Website: http://indianviolin.com/

Dr. L. Subramaniam Facebook: www.facebook.com/drlsub

Dr. L. Subramaniam YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/saibhakt7?sub_confirmation=1

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam Website: www.kavitaks.com

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam Facebook: www.facebook.com/kavitaks

Ernie Watts Website: http://www.erniewatts.com/

SubraMania Bindu + Ambi Subramaniam website: http://www.subramania.com/

Symphony’s Unlimited, Inc. Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival – Bollywood and Beyond with Legendary Violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and Award Winning Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam Featuring Grammy Award Winner Ernie Watts and SubraMania

One Night Only

Experience what the New York Times has deemed, “Positively dazzling…” an iconic evening of astounding world fusion music. This one night only musical extravaganza, The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival - Bollywood and Beyond features world-renowned violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and award-winning singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam with guest appearances by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts and SubraMania - Bindu + Ambi. The festival has been performed in 55 cities in 22 countries on five continents and will visit Houston April 27 as part of their World Tour to commemorate India’s 70th year of Independence.

The LGMF was established in 1992 by Dr. L. Subramaniam and Viji Subramaniam, in memory of his late father Professor V. Lakshminarayana. Since inception, the LGMF has presented some of the greatest artists from around the world including Yehudi Menuhin, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bismillah Khan, Al Jarreau and Jean-Luc Ponty. LGMF is the only music festival to showcase worldwide talent and provide a platform for all different styles of music including Indian Classical, Jazz, Rock, Western Classical, Orchestral, Indian Folk, Ghazals, Hindi Film music, and Folk.

Named “The God of Indian Violin” by The Times of India, Dr. L. Subramaniam has produced, performed, collaborated, and conducted close to two hundred recordings with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Larry Coryell, Corky Siegel, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Maynard Ferguson, Baba Olatunji, and Miya Masaoka. Creator of Global Fusion, a concept that promotes the cross-cultural collaboration between artists of different non-western musical traditions, he is the only musician who has performed/recorded Carnatic Classical Music, Western Classical Music, both Orchestral and non-Orchestral, composed for major Orchestras such as the London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, served as musical advisor to Peter Brook for  “Mahabharata”, composed music for feature films, including “Salaam Bombay” and “Mississippi Masala” as well as being the featured soloist for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Merchant-Ivory Productions, “Little Buddha” and “Cotton Mary”. Of the legendary violinist, the New York Times claimed, “The best this listener has heard….” His latest album “Beyond Borders”, featuring George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Ernie Watts, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and the late Stéphane Grappelli will be released in late 2018.

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam’s singing career reads like a fairy tale. Her exquisite and mellifluous voice, wide range and versatility to sing different styles and types of songs has put her in a unique place amongst singers deeming her a “melody queen” by leading critics and connoisseurs. While in college, she started singing professionally on stage with the great music director and singer Hemant Kumar, Mukesh and Manna Dey. She has received several awards and honors including the coveted “Padmashree” from the President of India, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, four-time recipient of the Filmfare Award and two-time recipient of the Bollywood Award. She was the main featured soloist in the “Global Fusion” album released by Warner Bros. Additionally, Kavita has sung as a soloist with orchestras including Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. She is also Artistic Director of LGMF.

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany, presented to both classical and non-classical musicians. After 15 albums as a leader, Watts had the occasion to record with the legendary Thelonious Monk on Monk's Blues (Columbia). His signature sound was heard on countless TV shows and movie scores, almost all the early West Coast Motown sessions and with pop stars such as Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan. In 1983, the film composer Michel Colombier wrote an orchestral piece entitled "Nightbird" for Watts. At the work's inaugural performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, in Australia with Billy Cobham and orchestra, and in 2016 with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles. A typical year finds him touring Europe with his own European Quartet and working as a feature artist with other artists he admires. One of these has been iconic South Indian violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam, fusing Western classical music, jazz, Middle Eastern and Asian themes with Carnatic Indian tradition. Watts appears on Subramaniam’s latest recording project "Beyond Borders." He gives back by conducting clinics and master classes, both on the student and professional level.

Launched in 2013, SubraMania has firmly established itself on the world music scene, building on the multi-generational musical tradition that it takes forward, but with a sound that is distinctly its own. Formed by brother and sister singer/songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist/composer Ambi Subramaniam, SubraMania fuses traditional Indian music with elements of pop, rock and jazz, to create contemporary world music.

“Haunting” and “hypnotic” are the two words most commonly used to describe Bindu Subramaniam’s voice. Having been called an “assured young soprano,” she wrote her first song at seven and has been performing since the age of twelve. She has performed with her family, with her band, and as a soloist with orchestras including the London Symphony, Liepzig Philharmonic and Liepajas Symphony. She has collaborated with Al Jarreau, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Ernie Watts, Larry Coryell and Corky Siegel among others. Her debut solo album Surrender was released in 2011 and nominated for a GiMA. In 2012, she was named as one of 12 GenNext Achievers by Verve Magazine.

Hailed as "the new king of Indian classical violin" by the Times of India, Ambi Subramaniam plays duet violin concerts with his father Dr. L. Subramaniam, in addition to solo concerts. As an orchestral soloist, Ambi has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra Nationale du Lille, Sinfonia Baltica, the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra and Liepajas Symphony, to name a few. While performing around the world, he has received numerous awards including the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award and two GiMAs. Ambi has appeared for the Associated Board Royal School of Music's violin exams, has been ranked first nationally and was the three-time winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical Violinist. Apart from the violin, Ambi also received distinctions in Piano and Western music theory. He recently released his debut solo album “India violin” to much critical acclaim.

Tickets may be purchased at www.humtumdesi.com for $30, $50, $75 and $100; Students receive a 20% discount off of tickets purchased before April 24th.

Stafford Civic Center – Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8-10PM, 1415 Constitution Avenue, Stafford, TX, 77477, (281) 499-5763. 

When:
Apr 27, 2018
Cost:
30, 50, 75, 100
Time:
8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8-10PM; Tickets may be purchased at www.humtumdesi.com for $30, $50, $75 and $100; Students receive a 20% discount off of tickets purchased before April 24th.
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Fresh Arts |  The Silos at Sawyer 1502 Sawyer St, Studio #103 Houston, TX 77007

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