Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings is the second of five concerts in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018.
Sheela Bringi with Clinton Patterson, Miles Shrewsbery and Brent Kuecker
An evening of spiritually elevating music from Hindustani harpist, singer, and bansuri flutist Sheela Bringi. Sheela will present beautiful re-imaginings of traditional Indian classical, devotional, and folk songs, interspersed with tales of love and lore from the velvet-voiced trumpeter Clinton Patterson. They will be joined by San Diego tabla artist Miles Shrewsbery and bassist Brent Kuecker.
Come and experience the mysticism of India’s classical music and bhakti traditions—with their powerfully moving spirituality of bhajan and kirtan—infused with the soulfulness of American roots music. Not to be missed!
Indian music expands to accommodate the spirit and whatever human circumstances enclose it: Hip-hop, Balkan music and the blues all meld within grooves that only gain intensity from the reformulations Bringi and her collaborators explore.
– National Public Radio
Sheela’s classically trained voice and slightly avant-garde energy create magic.
– Chicago Yoga
Her music features devotional songs and tributes to fierce warrior Hindu goddesses with a focus on the mystical.
– NBC Asian America (read the feature article)
More about Sheela
Indian American musician Sheela Bringi has been exploring the connections between her ancestral and actual homelands her entire life. The singer and instrumentalist plays the harp, harmonium and bansuri (Indian classical bamboo flute). As a young woman Bringi was influenced by M.I.A. and Dead Can Dance, studied with Cecil Taylor and Meredith Monk, while at the same time deepened her studies with Indian classical masters like Pandit G. S. Sachdev and Ustaad Aashish Khan. She has released two albums as a solo artist and recorded on 30+ albums including the 2016 Grammy-nominated Bhakti Without Borders. Bringi tours internationally and has collaborated with artists including Idan Raichel, Karsh Kale, DJ Drez, Dave Stringer and many others.
Listen to Sheela’s music on YouTube. Visit Sheela’s website. Or take a look at this NBC Asian America article about Sheela and her music.
Download Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings poster.