Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, from the age of 9. Thriving as a composer, she has been exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, electronica, jazz, and Western classical music. Twice-nominated for a Grammy Award, Shankar in 2006 was the first Indian musician to perform at the Grammy Awards when she was nominated for Rise. She was the youngest-ever nominee and the first woman nominated in the World Music category, for her album Live at Carnegie Hall in 2002. Born in London, and raised between there, New Delhi, and California, Shankar made her performance debut in 1995 at the age of 13. Two years later, she was accompanying her father at his concerts worldwide. At 16 she signed an exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI and released three classical recordings between 1998-2001, all to great critical acclaim. After finishing her schooling, Shankar put all of her focus into following her musical pursuits and began touring in earnest, developing a solo career as a classical sitarist, while also continuing to accompany her father. In 2011 she signed with the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon Records and released Traveller, an exciting exploration of two musical traditions: Spanish flamenco and Indian classical music. Come and enjoy the hypnotic offerings of this talented and eclectic artist.
ArtPlay Clinic, Thursday, November 7, 1pm, Jemison Concert Hall
Thursday, November 7, 2013 · 7 PM
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They’ve rocked some of the biggest stages in the business. Finally, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are bringing
their intense, good-time funk, and brilliant pedal steel guitar playing to the ASC. » First, let’s talk guitar. Randolph’s
unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”
list. Rolling Stone called the group “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom,” making their appearance at the ASC one that should not be missed. Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be a show that will have you dancing in your seat!
The ASC is honored to host a tribute to one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time as we pay homage to B.B. King. Over a dozen musicians from Birmingham and around the Southeast region are coming together for one night to honor the blues legend in this free concert. Join Elnora Spencer, Ona Watson, Chad Fisher, CeCe Phillips, Sean Michael Ray, PJ Spraggins, Joseph Stallworth, Joey Sommerville, Marc Phillips and GrooveDaddy, Microwave Dave, Norris Jones, Tim Boykin, and UAB's Artist-in-Residence, Eric Essix.
Finally. Rickie Lee Jones is coming back to Birmingham! The ASC is thrilled to present the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter for an evening of musical reminiscing and exploration. Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, she graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice in two years, and performed an unprecedented three songs during her second appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Her latest album and first new music in over a decade, The Other Side of Desire was written, recorded, and rooted in New Orleans.
Hosted by UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix, The Essentials is the ASC’s innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz. The fourth installment will explore the complex, multinational musical fusion known as Latin jazz. » The evening begins with a survey of the history of Latin jazz, the music, and the artists — led by Essix and legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez. » The second set features Grammy-winner Sanchez with his fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl with dazzling results.
If you were in college during the 1980s, you probably saw the Indigo Girls in some small, smoke-filled basement pub and were convinced you’d stumbled into folk duet heaven. More than 30 years later, those two Georgia ladies with their husky voices and intimate, poignant lyrics are still going strong. While most artists who launched their careers in the 1980s have slipped from our collective memory, the Indigo Girls are still writing and recording, championing a number of social and environmental causes, and filling halls with devoted, multi-generational audiences.
The ASC is proud to treat our patrons to Gleb Ivanov, an internationally accomplished young pianist The New York Times said “is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” As a young man in Russia, Ivanov was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as soloist under the famous maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic.