Witness a new incarnation of the double bass through this captivating marriage of Carnatic music with Western traditions.

Part of the Indian Performing Arts Convention – Melbourne Australia, 19–25 September 2022 – a carnival of Carnatic music and a bounty of Bharatanatyam

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Rohan Dasika is a double bassist with a diverse musical life in Australia and abroad. After being awarded the Freedman Classical Fellowship in 2019, Rohan began taking his first steps towards finding a more personal form of expression on the double bass, marrying his orchestral training with the Carnatic music of his South Indian heritage.

Rohan will perform alongside an exciting group of young musicians from Melbourne, at the peak of their fields in orchestral, contemporary classical and Carnatic music, allowing the combination the expressive capabilities of Carnatic violin with the sonic textures enabled by a string ensemble. This performance will also showcase two major commissions for solo double bass by Australian improvisers and composers Sandy Evans and Adrian Sherriff – musicians who are both pioneers in Australia in developing hybrid practices informed by Carnatic music.

Thyagarajah (1767-1847) Manavi
Adrian Sherriff New Work
Sandy Evans New Work
Patnam Subramanya Iyer (1845-1902) Evari Bodhana
Thyagarajah, arr. V.S Narasimhan Mokshamu

Rohan Dasika double bass
Bhairavi Raman violin
Molly Collier-O’Boyle viola
Hamish Jamieson cello
Nanthesh Sivarajah mridangam

This event was made possible with the support of the Freedman Foundation through the Music Trust.

  • Dates & Times:
    • Thursday 22 September 2022, 7:00pm

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  • Ticket Pricing

    Single Ticket Festival Pass* (available until 22 Sept)
    Adult $30 $120
    Concession $18 $72
    (Under 14 Years)
    $5 N/A

    *Festival Pass includes 6 evening performances in the Alexander Theatre and does not include tickets to The Five Gems of Lalgudi to be held at The Count’s. Festival Pass available for purchase till Thursday 22 September 2022.

    Single Ticket
    Adult $30
    Concession $18
    (Under 14 Years)
    Festival Pass* (available until 22 Sept)
    Adult $120
    Concession $72
    (Under 14 Years)
  • Performance Information

    • Duration: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval

    • Venue: Alexander Theatre

    • Age suitability: All ages

  • Venue Details

    Alexander Theatre:
    The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts,
    48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800

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