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World Music concert tickets are $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student (free to Sac State music students on the night of the show, subject to availability).

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World Music

The fusion group, Gyani Indo Jazz will be opening the world music series this fall on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. Gyani combines Indian raga, jazz, Arabic melodies, and global rhythms make a unique brand of music, blending classic Hindustani forms and cutting-edge improvisation. 

The group brings together world-class musicians who share a passion for exploring and expanding the possibilities of merging Indian music with other genres. The result is stirring, stimulating, and breathtaking in its beauty. Gyani features Binay Pathak (vocals, sitar, harmonium), Jesse Sheehan (flute, saxophone), Vishal Nagar (tabla), Elias Lucero (guitar), and Nariman Assadi (daf, tombak).

South Indian vocalist Sriranjani Santhanagopalan will be performing on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m., along with B. Ananthakrishnan on violin and Sai Giridhar on mridangam.

Sriranjani Santhanagopalan is one of the most sought after musicians in the Carnatic music field today. She is the daughter and disciple of the senior musician, Neyveli Sri. R. Santhanagopalan. She has traveled extensively within India and abroad including almost 25 cities in the United States of America, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Australia, and New Zealand. Sriranjani is an “A” graded artiste of the All India Radio and was awarded the title of “Oustanding Vocalist” by the Madras Music Academy for the 2016-2017 season, after having received the “Best Vocalist” award in 2012, “Best Concert” award in 2013, and “Best Vocalist” in 2014.

B. Ananthakrishnan is the grandson of renowned Violin Vidhwan, the Late V.K. Venkata Ramanujam Iyengar, and son of equally reputed violinist Dr.V. Balaji. Ananthakrishnan continues his training today under the guidance of the wellknown Violin Vidhwan, Sri S. Varadarajan. He has had the honor of accompanying almost every living legend in the field. He holds a “B-High” grade from All India Radio, Chennai and received the Best Sub-Senior Violinist Award from the Music Academy Madras in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Sai Giridhar began his training under the renowned mridangam artist Parupalli S. Phalgun and Shri. M.L.N. Raju. He is an 'A' graded artist from All India Radio, and has accompanied all of the reputed artists in India and abroad. He has also been a part of many jugalbandi concerts with famed artists such as Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt and Purbayan Chatterji.

The Alta Kai will be performing on Sunday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. The members of Altai Kai are throat singing virtuosos, skilled in the different styles and variations of kai (the Altai word for throat singing) and folk instruments. Their velvety, low-pitched kargyraa, mesmerizing khoomei, and melodic sygyt place the listener amidst forests of singing birds, gurgling brooks, and the growls of nighttime predators. Throat singing and the ringing melodies of the khomus, topshur and accordion all come together to form the sound of Altai Kai.

Stories of nature's beauty and mighty folk heroes are accompanied by jocular melodies, dancing rhythms, and shamanic mysteries. The narrators skillfully relate traditional, sacred tales and epics of centuries past.

The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Urmat Yntaev, with the goal of preserving and cultivating the traditional culture of the Republic of Altai. Today the group is a laureate of multiple national and international competitions . In 2003, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest performance of throat singing. They are members of the Folklore Union of Russia, and the International Organization of Folk Art (an NGO accredited by UNESCO). Altai Kai made their international debut at WOMEX 2007 in Sevilla, Spain.