Monday, November 23, 2009

Pune Mirror, duo concert

Catch the notes

Western classical gig Music From Venice will also feature a tabla player
Posted On Monday, November 23, 2009

Sara Michieletto and (below) Marialuisa 
The concert Music From Venice, on November 25 will feature Sara Michieletto on violin, Marialuisa Pappalardo on piano and Vyas Vijaydutt on tabla.
Sara is interested in music in all its forms. She has, over the years, performed as a soloist with Orchestra di Venezia, the string orchestra L’Estro Armonico and the chamber orchestra Le Vivaldiane. Sara is currently based in India as she’s working on the project — The Strains of Violin in India. “The city of Venice has played an important role in western classic music, especially in the 17th and 18th century. Wonderful composers such as Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Vivaldi have offered exceptional works to the world which changed the course of history of western music,” says Sara as she elaborates on the music from Venice.

How does a tabla player fit in a western classical music concert? “Well, the violin and tabla will be used to play new compositions. And this is not fusion music — I don’t like that term — the word ‘meeting’ music is more apt,” answers Sara. Talking about the concert on Wednesday, Sara says, “We have performed the compositions before, but Venice Mumbai will be performed for the first time.”
The other musician Marialuisa, has performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Her repertoire often includes composers from romantic, impressionistic and modern periods.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

The time of a Star concert - DECCAN HERALD

The sound of stars
Hema Vijay

Pulsars are mysterious heavenly bodies out there in space. A highly magnetised neutron star, the pulsar is a little heavier and larger than our sun, and beams out radiation that is received as pulses of sound when these beams cross the earth, the same way light beams from a lighthouse cause flashes in the night sky.

spiritual quest Sara MichielettoThe sound of neutron stars is mysterious. It goes like a grand cosmic percussion ensemble in space. Now what could all this have to do with a violin recital?

Well, if you are a highly gifted and star-struck violinist like Sara Michieletto, then it would make for an ideal backdrop for a violin recital, especially this year, which has been declared by the UN as the International Year of astronomy. The pulsar stars made for a riveting backdrop to Sara’s violin recital, as much for their sound as for the thoughts they elicited on space. Pulsar stars, among other astronomical entities, have long been a passion with this young violinist. “But it was Dr N Rathnasree of the Nehru Planetarium, Delhi, who first gave me this idea,” she informs. The sounds of pulsars have been mixed and edited by Sara’s friend back home, Dr Luigi Parise. The concerts that she is currently presenting across the country this year takes ideas from stellar evolution.