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Tribute To Mandolin Shrinivas by U. Rajesh and world music ensemble


When: October 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Location: Lincoln Performance Hall (at the Portland State University)

Event Type: Music Concert

An exceptional World Music Ensemble plays tributeto our beloved U.Shrinivas !

Mandolin: U Rajesh
Saxophone: George Brooks
Keyboard: Portland’s own George Cooligan (PSU)
Drums & Kanjira: Selvaganesh
Mridangam: Shriram Bramhanandam
 Admission: $20-30. Discounted tickets for students/seniors:  Buy Tickets
About the Artists

U Rajesh: U.Rajesh, brother of the legendary U Srinivas, is one of the most sought after classical artistes currently in India, and is a rare performer of the mandolin in Carnatic music. He was the youngest participant of the Magic Mandolin Festival in Germany in the ’80s and is credited with a performance at the Lincoln Center. His collaboration with John McLaughlin for the album “Floating Point” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. U.Rajesh has more than a dozen solo albums and has had numerous collaborations with the stalwarts of Indian Classical music and also international musicians like A.K.Palanivel,  Vikku Vinayakaram, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Mike Marshall, Sivamani & Pete Lockett, Karsh Kale and Greg Ellis. He also performed live with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and KNZ Philharmonic Orchestra. He imparts free training to interested youngsters at the Srinivas Institute of World Music.

George Brooks (Saxophone): George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. His collaboration with Indian music transcends a long list of stellar artistes like Zakir Hussain, Ronu Majumder, Guitar Prasanna, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kala Ramnath, Sultan Khan, L Subramaniam, Shankar Mahadevan. A founder of Indian Fusion Ensemble Summit with Zakir Hussain in Bombay, George has more than 3 decades of cross-cultural exploration and collaboration with jazz and top-tier blues artistes.

Selvaganesh Vinayakram: Selvaganesh, son of legend and Grammy-winner T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram, is an accomplished musician and founding member of Shakti. Selva initially trained at his grandfather Sri T. R. Harihara Sarma’s famed school “JGTV Chennai” and then under his uncle, Ghatam Vidwan Shri T H Subashchandra. Selva is not only a composer, producer and performer, he has also designed percussion instruments. Selva is recognized as a world music innovator and is also a stalwart of traditional Indian music. He has performed with Dr. L Shankar, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma,  Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and many international musicians. Selvaganesh also maintains an active role composing for the Indian film industry

George Colligan: George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. Colligan is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(

Shriram Bramhanandam: Shriram started learning to play the mridangam from a very young age and had his arangetram at age 12. Shriram had his initial training from Shri Harihara Sharma and C.V. Kuppuswamy. He had his advanced training from the great Shri. Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. He has given presentations and lecture-demonstrations at many centers and musical institutions. He has performed in major multi-cultural music festivals and has collaborated with several artists from various countries. His style of accompaniment is vibrant and energetic, but never crosses the borders of support of the main artiste. He co-founded the Nadalaya School of Music in the Bay Area.


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