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Yalini Dream and Ganavya Doraiswamy’s Aikyam
March 8, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15
Set 1 | Yalini Dream
w/ special guests: Jendog Lonewolf, Varuni Tiruchelvam & reg e. gaines
Set 2 | Aikyam
Ganavya Doraiswamy (vocals)
Sharik Hasan (piano)
Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam)
Max Ridley (bass)
w/ special guests Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy (violins)
Featured Women’s Organization: Women’s World Banking
llankai Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn brewed, YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance– reshaping reality and seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, soul, and dream. As a part of Hip Hop duo Brooklyn DreamWolf, YaliniDream and her partner in art & love Jendog Lonewolf have shared stages with icons such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, and Rah Digga. YaliniDream’s special guests will include her partner– lyrically stout Hip Hop MC Jendog Lonewolf, improvisational cellist Varuni Tiruchelvam, and Tony/ Grammy nominated reg e. gaines of Bring in Da Noise, Bring in da Funk.
Ganavya Doraiswamy’s Aikyam
Aikyam is a word-concept in the Indian languages of Sanskrit and Tamil that draws from many things such as: harmony, consolidation into a oneness, identity, and union. In this project, accomplished vocalist Ganavya collaborates with band mates to tell the story of her own consolidation of selves, and draws from her diverse training in the Indian arts to create a quilt made of jazz, abhang-s, Karnatik music, and bharatanatyam, presented in Tamil, English, and Marathi. The philosophical struggles of 13th century poet-activists is pinned next to the issues of today, in the hopes of interrogating the resilience of oppression, and to highlight the similarities of cultural arcs.