Gautam inflects a tradition through himself, delivering music that expresses authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia. SFJAZZ called it "new music from an old tradition," and it was billed as the "ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music" by the SF International Arts Festival.
His performances honor the venerable art of the song, in which prosody and rhyme are musical elements, and melody and lyric together provide a layered narrative. In recognition of his original compositions, Gautam was awarded the Creative Work Fund in 2013, and received a commission from the San Francisco Foundation in 2008 for his "New Directions in Indian Classical Music."
His concerts feature extensive improvisations, for which South Indian classical music is known, delivered in chamber ensembles with a rhythmic rapport and a life of their own. With texts in English, his native tongue (he was born in Texas with the middle name to show for it), his renditions allow listeners an unprecedented experience of the structure of Carnatic music, and a natural purchase on its elaborate song forms.
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation. Doors at 5pm Show at 5:30pm
Tickets will not be sold in advance for this event. Please arrive at Studio Grand when doors open to purchase tickets.