Concert with "Atma" - 23rd July @ Phoenix Arena

HWMF, Phoenix-Arena and Goethe-Zentrum are pleased to present:

“Atma” live in concert

23rd July, 7pm @ Phoenix Arena (lane next to Lemon Tree Hotel, HiTec-City)

Entry: Rs 150 – available on the concert evening at the venue.

Info: 7893656789


Muthu Kumar  tabla, composition

Grilli Pollheimer    drums, percussions, electronics

Patrick Dunst    saxophone, duduk, bass clarinet, composition 

Aman Mahajan  piano, keyboard  

Atma, translates as soul from sanskrit, and  best describes the approach of this ensemble to music. The musical output of these four exquisite musicians is a borderless interpretation of its name, and with ease fuses the musical styles indian classical, western classical and jazz. 

Atma was founded in August 2015 in Bangalore, India, starting in a uncommon trio setup consisting of two percussionists and a reed player. For the tour through India in July 2017, the trio has been extended to a quartet, adding the musical polyglot Aman Mahajan on piano. The musical heart of the ensemble is the Muthu Kumar, a Bangalore-based tabla virtuose, who is a student of Zakir Hussain and has during his career already shared the stage with Alice Coltrane and other jazz stars. Additional to his musical mastery he also contributes numerous compositions to the current program. 

Furthermore, the ensemble consists of Grilli Pollheimer, who is a well-acclaimed Austrian percussionist, who is classically trained and has enriched the Austrian scene in different contexts during the last ten years. Aman Mahajan has studied at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is one of the most promising Indian jazz musicians of his generation.  

The woodwind specialist Patrick Dunst, who has fused different music traditions with his ensembles Tribal Dialects and Tripod, is the second composer of this program and additionally lends the band his melodic voice.  Together these extraordinary musicians fuse compositions based on indian konnokol, and enriches them with western harmonies. The result is a homogenous music that sounds less complex than it is below the surface.


Muthu Kumar:

Patrick Dunst:

Grilli Pollheimer:

Aman Mahajan:  Atma:



Piano Recital by Anand Seshadri - 24th June 2017



Anand Seshadri, a Chennaite, is a passionate musician born in a non-musical family. Though being an engineering graduate with distinction, his intense passion and love for music always pushed him towards the goal of becoming a performer and a composer. His musical journey started with private lessons under Guitarist Thangadurai Samuel and he completed Grade 8 in Practical, Theory and then LTCL (Equivalent to Level 6 UK Honors degree) in 2010. He found his way to the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where he completed Master of music in Piano Performance with distinction (Youngest to complete – at 21) under Pianists David Quigley and Katherine Lam. Having seen the development and passion of Anand, the head of Keyboard at the Conservatoire Mr. John Thwaites offered him a 2-year course in the Conservatoire with about 70 % scholarship since it was felt that his continuous studying at the Conservatoire will help him scale greater heights in the field of Music. However, unfortunately, he was not able to pursue the course owing to lack of financial support. But, with unstinted passion even in tough circumstances, he subsequently got into the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary. There he studied under professors Jeno Jando and Dr. David Ball, the only Indian so far to have achieved this distinction. During his time in Birmingham and Budapest he had masterclasses with Martin Jones, Martino Tirimo, Bernd Goetzke, Dina Yoffe and Tamas Ungar.In November 2016, Anand received a full Scholarship from the Ithaca College, United States to study under Charis Dimaras (past pupil of the prestigious Juilliard School). He made his US Concert debut on the 28th February. He has also performed in various cities across India – Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi and Goa.



World Music Day 2017 - Sunday 18th June - 10 venues



Joe Koster photo album - World Music Day 2017 impressions:


The Hindu - Vidyaranya

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle

Telangana T. – Phoenix Arena

Telangana T. – Saptaparni

Telangana T. – Rock Castle

Hans india



Non-stop-music from 10am til 10pm @ 10 venues

Start your musical journey coming Sunday early and meet us 10am at

Vidyaranya High School (opps. Secretariat; next to Hotel Anmol)

We, more than 30 musicians/singers, are ready with a delightful programme to entertain you from 10-12noon. We’ll cover Pop, Western Classical, Jazz, Hindi-Movie-songs….with the very best talents in town: voices, strings, clarinet, piano, guitar, flutes, recorders… (entry free):

·        - Elora Satya and Lionel -(voc/guit), Nicole Connolly (flute) Joe K. (piano)

·        - Yash Aggarwal (piano); 

      - Harsh Saraf (class. guit)

            Aditya Akkapeddi (voc/keyb), Vijay Raj (guit)

·         - Matthew Peter (piano)

·        - Deepika Uppuluri (voc), Vijay Raj (guit)

·        - Saachi Chennur (voc), Joe K. (piano)

        Hyderabad Youth Ensemble: Sarika Chennur (viol), Saachi Chennur (viol/voc), Niki Shukla (viol), Nicole Connolly Bhatia (voc/flute), Samyuktha Kasibathla (flute), Torita Chakravarty (clarinet), Kshitissh Bharadwaj (viol/rec), Khyati Bharedwaj (viol/rec), Aditya Bhansali (percussion)

·        - Dhreeti Vithlani (voc), Sudha Rachael (voc) and Mitchell Sheehan (piano)

Deccan Voices: Jasmine Clark, Zara Rachel Winfred, Deepika Uppuluri, Meghana Anand, Samhita Maha, Shikha Garg, Navya Chitarvu, Sirisha Panchavati, Arzoo Gupta, Elora Satya, Aparajita Gupta, Nicole Connolly Bhatia, Celsa Almeida, Siddharth Mani, Vijay Raj Saragundla, Murali Dharan Bashyam, Lionel Darsi, Dr. Aadi, Aditya Akkapeddi, Raghav Rao, Aditya Bhansali (percussion), Joe Koster (conductor/keyboard)

The Hindu – announcing World Music Day:


Workshops/masterclasses for piano and strings 6,7,8 June - by Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Workshops/masterclasses for piano/strings

run by Karl Luchmayer and Andrew Sherwood, international concert artists and professors at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The sessions will be in the format of a masterclass, where all participants will have the opportunity to: perform and be given advice by the teacher in front of the group; work with international concert artists Karl Luchmayer (piano) and Andrew Sherwood (strings); learn not only from their direct interaction with the teacher but also through observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful for those appearing for exams and for the forthcoming Hyderabad piano and string music festival/competition; perform in a concert on the final evening of the course.

VENUE: Musee Musical, opps. old airport, Begumpet Read more

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