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“Ragas and Rhythms, Global Bollywood” CD Release Concert by Bageshree Vaze
August 23, 2012 @ 8:30 pm$10 – $15
“This concert is a showcase of how small the world is and how it’s always been,” says MTV India ‘rising star’ Vaze. “The fact that I learned ancient songs, as well as Indian film hits in my childhood in a remote setting like Newfoundland, before the age of the Internet, is testimony to how music transcends time and place.’
Vaze was raised in St. John’s, NL, and initially learned vocal music from her father, Damodar Vaze. She later trained with one of India’s foremost vocalists, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, and has had two CDs, Bageshree and Tarana released in Canada and India. Some of her songs, such as ‘Oh Meherebaan,’ have been featured on international radio including the BBC UK, and the video for her single ‘Deewana’ won the 2006 ReelWorld Film Festival Award for Outstanding Music Video.
‘When I was growing up, I was influenced by so many cultures around me, not just Indian,’ says Vaze, who is also a dancer and choreographer. ‘The Global Bollywood project shows how Indian film music directors had a myriad of influences that found their way into Indian music, such as jazz, swing, rock, disco and even reggae.’
The ‘Global Bollywood’ segment of the show will also feature dancers who will re-enact the dances associated with the songs. Songs from celebrated music directors such as A. R. Rahman, Shankar Jaikishan, R.D. Burman, and Shankar Ehsaan Loy will be featured in the show on Aug. 23.
Living up to her title of MTV India ‘rising star,’ Bageshree Vaze is emerging as a phenomenon in the field of world dance and music. As a dancer and choreographer, she strives to create and present work that reflects her cultural influences. She was initially trained in the style of Bharatha Natyam in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and also trained in Hindustani (North Indian) classical vocal music with her father, Dr. Damodar Vaze. After completing her Arangetram (graduation) in Bharatha Natyam, Bageshree received a fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to further her studies in India with the late Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai. In 1998, Bageshree began training in the North Indian classical dance style of Kathak, with the living legend Pandit Birju Maharaj and his son Jai Kishan Maharaj. Bageshree completed a Master’s degree in Dance from York University in 2000, and her final thesis was a choreography using Kathak language.
In 2001, Bageshree also began training with renowned vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe, and she released a debut album, Bageshree, which combined Indian classical aesthetics with modern pop music and electronica. Bageshree was named ‘ubbharta sitara’ (rising star) by MTV India in February 2004, and the video for her single ‘Deewana’ won the 2004 Annecy, France film festival award and the 2006 ReelWorld film festival award for Outstanding Canadian Music video. The track ‘Oh Meherabaan’ was picked up for airplay on BBC radio, and her track ‘Bhakti’ was included on a compilation by the Japanese label Dakini records. Songs from Bageshree continue to be played on CBC national radio, and her video airs regularly on MuchMoreMusic.
In 2009, Bageshree was featured as a guest artist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and one of her concerts was aired on CBC Radio One’s Concerts on Demand (along with husband and tabla artist Vineet Vyas). Her latest album Tarana, which features music for Indian classical dance, was released in Canada in 2007, and was released as ‘Khanak’ in India in October 2008 by Times Music. In 2010 Bageshree was awarded the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance, and in 2011, premiered her full-length solo Kathak choreography, ‘Avatar (9).’ Bageshree recently completed her new CD, ‘Ragas and Rhythms.’
‘Vaze is a brilliant and expressive dancer’ – The Globe and Mail
“This Cd is an auspicious entry by a serious artist making a splash in the steadily deepening Indo-Canadian talent pool.” Review of ‘Tarana’ by Andrew Timar in Whole Note magazine
“As Vaze’s feet tap in perfect rhythm to the beat of Vyas’ tabla, its clear this
is a couple in perfect sync.” – Prithi Yelaja, Toronto Star
“It’s hard to imagine a more agile confluence of Eastern and Western sounds…traditional and modern instruments unfurl a jaw dropping tapestry. No matter what language she’s singing in, Bageshree communicates on the soul level. And it’s impossible not to be moved.” – Kim Hughes, Music Editor, Amazon.com
“a cool combo of Indian dance and music makes Pune-born Bageshree Vaze stand out…she can charm audiences with her rendition of bharatnatyam or kathak performance…”- Madhura Tare, The Indian Express, Pune, India
“Creating imaginary lands that lie somewhere between the old world and the new. [Bageshree’s] voice soars above deep grooves and ancient melodic streams for a birds eye view of the future of world music.” – Jowi Taylor, Global Village, CBC Radio One
“Bageshree Vaze – a perfect blend of the traditional and modern…takes one on a joy ride of exotic melodies” – Jaya Biswas, The Asian Age, Kolkata, India