This is the first of six programs in the Center for World Music’s Spring 2021 Virtual Encounters with World Music and Dance series.
South Indian Classical Music
Featuring K. S. Resmi with Ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson
Free Live Stream
This 50-minute live-hosted music and discussion event will foreground the human experience expressed through Carnatic vocal music, the classical tradition of South India. Among other topics, K. S. Resmi will explore the significance and transmission of South Indian vocal music through a carefully curated selection of videos. Joined by ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson, she will discuss the rich cultural context of the tradition and how practitioners are adapting their methods of transmitting this deeply meaningful and ancient art form in a time of connective technology. Special guest appearance by K. S. Resmi’s student, Esha Basoor, and musician Mark Holland.
Registration is free. A link to the live stream will be provided in your confirmation email. If you’d like to support the artists and the program, donations will be welcomed.
K. S. Resmi will be addressing questions from the audience. Guests will be invited to log into YouTube to comment and ask questions of the artist.
K. S. Resmi is a leading vocalist and teacher in Carnatic music tradition. A disciple of the renowned performer and scholar Dr. K. Omanakutty Amma, Resmi has studied Carnatic music for more than 35 years. She has performed on numerous tours throughout India, as well as in the USA, Germany, and Scotland. With nineteen CD recordings to her credit, she was the first woman to be featured on a recording of the music of the famous, elaborately costumed Kathakali dance of Kerala. She has also studied the Carnatic vina—a long, pear-shaped lute—as well as Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music.
K. S. Resmi earned her B.A. and M.A degrees in South Indian vocal music performance at the University of Kerala in India, where she is currently nearing completion of her Ph.D. She taught Carnatic vocal music as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Indian Music at the University of Madras (2004–07). Previously, she taught music at the Malabar Gopalan Nair Memorial Music and Research Center in Kerala (1995–2004).
In the United States, she has performed fusion concerts and recordings with Amrit Nataraj, Larry Coryell, N. Scott Robinson, Mark Holland, Dave Ballou, Shane Shanahan, Brandon Terzic, David Kuckhermann, Ensemble Datura, the Dale Ockerman Project, Oxymora, Yousif Sheronick, and Steáfán Hannigan.
K. S. Resmi currently lives in the U.S., splitting her time between San Diego and Baltimore. Learn more about K.S. Resmi at www.ksresmi.com.
About N. Scott Robinson
N. Scott Robinson is the Chair of the Music Department at San Diego Mesa College. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Kent State University. Scott is also a world percussionist/jazz drummer who has performed on the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance with the Benny Carter Big Band. Scott has performed and recorded with a long and varied list of prominent musicians of many disciplines including jazz, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Bulgarian among many others.
As a solo artist, N. Scott Robinson brings a breadth of diverse experience in world percussion traditions to the stage and classroom. He has given clinics, panel discussions, and concerts on diverse styles of hand drumming for national and international organizations.
This series is sponsored by:
Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture.
This project was made possible with support from the California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.