Greetings !!! ... With the particular encouragement of mother SITA devadasi and Dr RITCHARD maharaj .... to get involved on these POTENTIALLY productive and edifying music boards .... I provide a brief outline of my background and interest .... I am a MATURE varnaprastha sannyasi SOCIAL SCIENTIST living in a rural environment close to FREMANTLE West Australia .... part of my longtime SEVA is providing freestyle INSTRUMENTAL and Vocal accompaniment/fanfares and "fill-ins" at religious/devotional ceremonies .... particularly HINDU temples .... The instruments I use include the CONCH/SHANKYA, various small to large HARMONIUMS, various DRUMS including KOL, DOL, MRDANGAM, TABLA, NAAL .... MORSING/mouthharp ... GUITAR ... GONG ... and various side-rhythm pieces including hand-cymbals, tambourines, etc. ... occasional NADASWARAM/wooden-trumpet ...This SEVA also extends to assisting with FUNDRAISING fairs, concerts, and instrument repairs .... Krsna Janmastami was a great success with some wonderful offerings by the devotees of SWAMI HARIDAS GIRI (himself a great devotee of the HARMONIUM and BAJAN)... and others ... JAI!!! JAI!!! SRI SRI GANAPATHY GURU!!!
In reply to your queries BuddhistMonk!!! ... In Devotional and Cultural Circles we use the word "offering" rather than the more commercial/professional term "performing" ... My own offerings are mainly instrument- accompanied FREESTYLE (not Classical!!) improvisations, and traditional/folk VOCAL solos, duos, and occasionally part of offering-groups up to about 25 .... Ceremonial accompaniments (a bit like the sound-track in a DRAMATIC movie!!!) I mostly do solo ... Tonight I will assist with Ceremonial-accompaniment and "fill-in" vocals, as required, for a GANESH/ VINAYAGAR festivaL-ceremony at a local Temple ... Together with NURSING-HOME type presentations, Fund-raising FAIRS and MELAS, and STAGE SET-UPS for MASTERS Concerts, frequency would be about 3 times a week ... I use all the INSTRUMENTS listed in my previous posting at various times for accompaniments and SOUND effects ... Next month I assist initially with 2 public concerts ... an instrumental/ Vocal-masters concert, and a combined DANCE / Instrument / SONG / MARTIAL-ARTS Concert .... working mainly with HINDU, CELTIC, RELIGIOUS, and Ballad/Folksong groups to satisfy my SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY interests ... Blessings with your research and Playing .... HanumanBaba
Hanuman, can you explain to me Non-classical improvisational music? That may be a stupid question, but I have never heard of this type of thing. I have only listened to devotional, classical, and some folk.
Buddham Sharanam Gatchami ...BUDDHISTMONK!!! ... Yes!! I have your update re. MICROPHONE technicalities ... in regard to only MY use of these terms ... a/NON-CLASSICAL ... I mean not associated with/or composed according to, a particular established TRADITION or ORTHODOXY(e.g.Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Baroque/ Gregorian etc.)... I would say much POP, FOLK, and JINGLES are of this type ... another decriptive word is FREESTYLE (or ANYHOW!!)... b/IMPROVISATION ... is a MAKE-UP, often a QUICK make-up ... on-the-spur-of-the-moment (rather than a well PLANNED composition) ... I would suggest Dr.RITCHARD is more of an Expert in regard to TERMINOLOGIES if you ever need further comment in this field ... Blessings for-the-time-being