Gautam Tejas Ganeshan was first invited to play at Studio Grand by our founder Holly Schneider. Since then, he has performed at the Studio semi-regularly, presenting what he calls "New Music From An Old Tradition" -- music deeply influenced by the South Indian Carnatic tradition, performed with traditional instrumentation but with original songs in English. We promise you long, lyrical ancient-meets-new improvisations as the summer sun sets over Grand Avenue.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 2006, and has earned support from the NEA, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more.
In 2013 Gautam was awarded the Creative Work Fund, supporting the creation of a song cycle entitled "Story of This Place," and has received a number of commissions, including "By Daylight" at the ODC Theater, "Silhouette of Songs" by the LEF Foundation, and "New Directions in Indian Classical Music" by the San Francisco Foundation in 2008.
“A dream...passionate, knowledgeable, mindblowing.” - Asian Art Museum (SF)
“Subversive...affecting and bold.” - East Bay Express
“An incredible presence...gentle renegade performance.” - Berkeleyside
“A magnet for local Indian classical musicians...” - San Francisco Chronicle
“New Music from an Old Tradition...” - SFJAZZ
“A local treasure...” - SF Classical Voice
"Rich and evocative...quite wonderful." - Repeat Performances
DOORS 6:30 PM, SHOW AT 7:00 PM
$10 in advance; $15-20 sliding scale at the door.
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **