Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 12 Slavery Film and Indian Musics

Call+Response is a documentary on the outrage of the continuing existence of slavery around the world today. Yes, it is depressing that there may be more slaves in absolute numbers today than in the past. The film combines interviews with Madeleine Albright and Nicholas Kristof, a current soundtrack and pop figures into a volunteer-funded, virally distributed film with an email vacuuming website which would make Howard Dean and David Plouffe proud. It's a model any organizer can learn from. The film opens later in the month in theaters, but you can see it tonight in the community room at Milepost 5. 7PM

In a epic example of misscheduling, there are three classical Indian music concerts this evening.

Kalakendra presents the Mishra Brothers, Sajan and Rajan. The esteemed vocalists have won the Padmabhushan, awards from Sangeet Natak Academy, Kumar Gandharva, Snageet Bhushan and Sangeet Ratna. Everyone knows the special character of siblings singing together. The Mishras will be accompanied by Subhen Chatterjee, deciple of Swapan Chowdhury. Chatterjee has collaborated with many Western musicians. Sanatan Goswami accompanies on harmonium. At the First Congressional Church 1126 SW Park 8PM $25 ($75 for a year of concerts)

Up the street, Shubhendra Rao, disciple of Ravi Shankar, performs on sitar. Rao will be accompanied on tabla by Ty Burhoe, disciple of Ustad Zakir Hassain. Rao also performs as a duo with his wife, the Dutch cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas, though not tonight. The event is organized by some of the people responsible for music at Yoga Shala and takes place at the First Baptist Church, SW 12th and Taylor 8PM $25

At PCC Rock Creek in Beaverton, Raskia has a master class, essentially an informal concert in music speak, by violinist brothers Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj accompanied by Srimushnam Rajarao on Mridangam. Info at Event PCC-Rock Creek 7:30 Free