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Mon, 14.10.2019

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Auditorium

No.4 5th Street, Rutland Gate
600 006 Chennai

Indo Jazz Folk Fusion

A space not only to immerse in music but also to reflect upon musical experiences.

R A Ramamani             Vocals             
Ralf Siedhoff                Guitar
Mykyta Sierov              Oboe
Karthik Mani                 Percussion
Sounds from Ukraine, beautiful guitar from Germany and the energizing rhythm from India join together to create Bosque Magico whose music has influences from jazz, folk, Indian, Latin and other forms of music. Each of these musicians have years of experience and have played all over the world. Oboe sounds, silences, beautiful passages in music, high energy percussion solos, vocal rendering are all a part of this beautiful ensemble.

Get ready to listen to the magic of Bosque Magico.
This time the band features the renowned singer RA Ramamani who is the pioneer of indo-jazz in India. Having years of experience behind her she will bring in the Carnatic flavours over this beautiful layer of music. With her understanding of jazz, she blends in a whole lot of improvisations, drum language Konnakol, and soothing vocals over the Tanpura.
R.A.Ramamani Singer / Composer
This South Indian vocalist was born in Bangalore and grew up learning and performing Carnatic music in India. She is the first woman to present Avadhana Pallavi in front of the legends of the Carnatic music at Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat in 1974.

She always had a creative and innovative approach to music which led to her collaborations all over the world. She is also a pioneering woman to present Carnatic music in fusion with Western music. Her speciality is in retaining the purity of the Carnatic music while being accompanied by Western musicians on their instruments. She also happens to be the first woman to present Konnakol in a concert. She has been a special invitee at voice festivals in Morocco, Austria, Vienna, Bremen and other places. She has also given special performances on Jazz Radio stations. Her mystical mastery over rhythm while scaling all the three octaves with effortless ease has always transported an overwhelmed audience into a magical sphere whether in India or abroad.

In 1980, she began the collaboration with Embryo and then the legendary saxophonist Charlie Mariano. The groundbreaking album Jyoti on ECM was released in 1983. This recording session helped her discover her talent for composing. Her compositions provided a bridge between the traditions which uses Indian Ragas and rhythmic structures which plays a vital role providing scope for improvisation.
Pieces like Kartik, Yagapriya, Varshini, Many Ways, Nava Sankirna, etc became classics amongst jazz and world music.

Her music has been arranged for the big bands that have toured in India and abroad. Some of them are - WDR Big Band sketches of Bangalore – 2005, WDR Big Band pulses of Bangalore, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bujazzo from Germany and Phoenix Foundation.
She has also composed music for many dance dramas like Revealed by Fire (Lata Pada) and Making of Maps (Shobana Jaisingh) which received rich accolades. She has presented numerous research papers at seminars and conferences.

Her forte has been her passionate adherence to Manodharma Sangeetha (Improvisation) while allowing enough scope for improvisation and innovation in blending with other forms of music.
She has performed world over and some musicians she has performed with are Charlie Mariano, Braz Gonsalves, Lenart Aberg, Christian Burchard, Friedman Josch, Iain Ballamy, Steve Coleman, Bobo Stenson, Chris Hinge, Urzula Dudziak, Okay Temiz, Ronan Guilfoyle, Mike Nielson, Burhan Oecal, Jasper Van’thof, Paquito D’Rivera, Johny Dayni,

Doug Hammond, Louis Banks, Ramesh Shotham, Trilok Gurtu, Dhafer Yousuf, Mori Kante - to name a few. Her CDs have been released in different countries.

Apart from being a performer, she is also great teacher who has trained thousands of students all over the world.
Ralf Siedhoff Guitarist / Composer
Ralf was born in Weimar, Schiller's and Goethe's hometown. He studied at the Franz-Liszt-Conservatory of Weimar. After 1988 he specialized in acoustic guitar and started performing concerts with the well-known Edwin Sadowski. During that time he gained reputation as one of the greatest talents of the former GDR Jazz-scene. In 1990 he found his own trio, performing and jamming all over Germany together with Eberhard Weber, Markus Stockhausen, Trilok Gurtu, Agnes Buen Garnas, Ramesh Shotham, Thomas Alkier, Prof. Ademola Onibonukuta, Kirstin Braten Berg, Chris Jarrett, Manuel Delgado, Sebastian Herzfeld, Wolfram Dix and many others.

In 1994 he organised the festival One sky, One rhythm in Weimar. Other projects have been the Indian music trio Ganpati with Tunji Beier and Zoltán Lantos, producing the first album Silkroute.
Ralf's flexibility in connecting different styles and rhythms are results of his studies with RamaMani in classical South Indian music at the Karnataka College of Percussion in Bangalore and of his work with oriental musicians like Mohamed Zinelabidine, Jorgos Psirakis and Michalis Klapakis.

From 1996 to 1997 he worked as the music director of the Thalia Theater in Halle, mainly composing and producing theatre-music what he still freelances for theatre and film.

1998 he found The Guitar Duo with Flamenco-Guitarist Maunel Delgado and they made two records and played many concerts in Europe, India and Tunisia. 2002 he released his own album Worldbeat. 2011 he released with Manuel Delgado and Ernest Martinez, the Sin Distancia Trio, the album Soleado with Ralf's son, Richard Siedhoff (piano) and Manuel's daughter, Carmela Delgado (bandoneon) as special guests.
Mykyta Sierov - Oboe
Mykyta was born in Kiev (Ukraine) and received his first music lessons at the age of six. From 1993 to 2004 he attended the Central Special School of Music in Kiev and subsequently moved to the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music of Ukraine. Among his early awards include a 1st prize in the international competition of the young performers XXI Century Art in 2002, Vorzel, Ukraine (solo score) and in 2005 the Grand Prix at the same competition. Already during his studies he had the position as solo oboist in the orchestra of the National Children's Opera and later in the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra of the Ukraine.

He began to study at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar in 2007 (Prof. Matthias Bäcker) and graduated in 2014 with a master's degree. As an orchestra musician he played several concerts under the direction of Christian Thielemann together with students, professors of the HfM and the Staatskapelle Weimar. He gained further experience in the classical field, in the Kammerphilharmonie Leipzig, the Philharmonic Orchestra Gera, the Kammerphilharmonie Wernigerode and at the Erfurt Opera under conductors such as Marek Janowski, Georg Biller and others, who were also associated with numerous guest appearances in Germany and abroad and partly by Radio Germany and the MDR were documented. With various chamber music groups, he not only plays classical music, but also jazz and pop as well as his own compositions. As a soloist, he gives numerous concerts in Germany and abroad.
Karthik Mani - Percussion
Karthik hails from a family of musicians – his father, TAS Mani is a renowned percussionist of The Karnataka College of Percussion, and his mother R.A.Ramamani is a reputed ground breaking Carnatic vocalist who has performed all over the world and has pioneered the genre of Carnatic-jazz fusion.
He has performed in various prestigious festivals in India, China, Spain, Germany, USA, Turkey, Malaysia, Morocco, UK, Bangkok, Thailand, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Indonesia and Australia to name a few.

He has performed with musicians like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Hariharan, Dr M Balamurlikrishna, Padmashree Dr L Subramaniam, Padmashree Kadri Gopalnath, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonza, Louis Banks, Padmashree Kavita Krishnamurthy, Carnatic Maestro Mandolin U Sreenivas to name a few.
And International artists such as Kai Eckhardt, Ronan Guilfoyle, Okay Temiz, Ramesh Shotham, Mike Herting, African singer Mory Kante, Tunisian singer Dhafer Yousuf, Afro-Cuban percussionist Mokhtar Samba, Paul Shigihara, Lucas Niggli, Trombonist Nils Wogram, to name a few.

Karthik has worked extensively in the field of traditional Indian dances, Contemporary dances, Movies, Folk Rock, Jazz, Carnatic, Hindustani, Advertisements, Percussion Ensembles, Theatres Plays, Bollywood projects and many more.

He has been performing concerts throughout India and abroad and has performed in various International music festivals all over the world. He is the first Indian percussionist to win the Independent World Music Award for World Fusion with Lehera.