‘Sound Unbound’

Date: 29th March Time: 7pm Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,Lady Andal Passes, Free: call 9840580525; 4443444786; mailinfo@kmmc.in

Show Brief For the first time in Chennai, A.R. Rahman and KM Music Conservatory present three unique musical acts featuring some of our top students and alumni as never before seen in Chennai. In our continued efforts to bring the best in international quality musical training and events to India these showcases bring together the worlds of A-Capella voice, Russian piano, Opera and Musical Theater into a high energy live performance.

The acts: ‘NAFS‘, the a-capella ensemble NAFS has already reached high acclaim with performances at the GIMA award show and with two videos, ‘Tauba Tauba’ and ‘Ghanan Ghanan’ already gaining much popularity on YouTube. Under the direction of Arjun Chandy, the tight harmonies of these eight blended voices with driving rhythms performing both well-loved film music, original tracks and classic a-capella repertoire is sure to leave audiences wanting more. Drawing inspiration from international acts such as The Blue Man Group, Yomoto, and Manhattan Transfer, the aesthetic of the band includes futuristic costumes and anonymity, blended identity, blended voices.

‘Hands on Fire’ is a demonstration of virtuosic pianistic ballet. Hailing from the classical piano traditions of Russia, these young musicians set fire to the keys with their brilliant mastery of finger-technique, drama and emotion. The method however is not just involving the fingers, the entire body is choreographed with the emotion and flow of the sound creating a visual display that equals the awesome majesty of the Concert Piano.

‘Sempre Libera’, one of KM Music Conservatory’s newest ensembles. This group demonstrate ease in movement from western classical opera, musical theater and even contemporary ‘popera’ music. In a single-act comic scene, these talented singers take the audience on a musical journey through the interwoven genres. Bold costumes designed by renowned fashion designer Chaitanya Rao help to bring the stage to life. The technical mastery of italian opera traditions combined with the power of emotion coming from New Yorks famous ‘Broadway’ or London’s ‘West End’ create an intense experience that will leave audiences wanting more.

4) Background on KMMC KM Music Conservatory first opened its doors to aspiring musicians in 2008. Originally located adjacent to AM Studios in the cultural center of the Tamil Film Industry the institution became the first of its kind within India to offer international standards of music and music technology education to all ages and abilities. The name KM has spiritual origins from the Sufi faith. Although KM is open to all religious and spiritual beliefs, the Founder and Directors model the ethos of the Institution in the Sufi tradition.

 

The original dream grew and in August 2013 KM found a new home within the KM Music Conservatory campus in Arumbakkam. This custom-designed facility brought KM Music Conservatory, The Sunshine Orchestra and KM Studio under a single roof; an artistic hub created to cultivate individual excellence, collaborative spirit, cultural exchange and creativity. On the 9th of August 2013, in the presence of the esteemed guests of honour Shri Mukesh Ambani and Smt. Nita Ambani, KM Music Conservatory was inaugurated in a ceremony hosted by Founder, Dr.A.R. Rahman and Executive Director, Fathima Rafiq. The new premises was custom-designed to provide KM with the facilities and space to continue to flourish and develop. The campus includes the industry-level KM Studio; an indoor Auditorium; an outdoor amphitheater; two audio technology suites fitted with Apple technology; two lecture halls with full AV capabilities; purpose built performance-teaching studios; two piano labs; a percussion suite; a library and resource center and multiple individual practice booths. The building is surrounded by a garden environment creating a positive and unique learning environment. The campus was designed with creativity at its core objective thereby creating an atmosphere suited to nurturing future artistic generations. This can be experienced on a daily basis while walking through the facility, constantly alive with the sound and spirit of students pursuing their goals of musical excellence.

What’s Coming up at KM: We are reaching the end of our academic year and so preparations are being made towards our Annual Event KM Day in May. Following this we have our Summer School Programmes May-June and June-July which allow anyone to sign up for short taster courses with our international faculty. Admissions are also open for our courses for the 2016-17 year which begins in July.

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