A UK tour is planned fo an artist used to playing as an accompaniment in star studded concerts,

An artist used to playing as an accompaniment in star studded concerts, Kitha Balakrishnan has put together a repertoire musical arrangement portfolio to perform as solo artist.

The Infinite Road is a new 90 min carnatic violin concert piece in which Kitha explores her identity and journey within, and of her genre. “I am seeking a mindset in which I am released from the conventional rigid structure and expectation of recital and appreciation of ‘how well can I play my instrument technically’ and instead I want to explore expression and making statement”

This approach is against the convention of the genre, but expressing a message in her music is high on her mind

In the piece I will be using highly established notes and ornamentations (gamakams), but apply them to a non-traditional structure. I want to use traditional structure to draw the familiarity and convention, but I swiftly move away with progressions of notes that transpose me to my own reference – where I aim to engage the listener. I will use the meanings, stories and symbolism behind Carnatic music to portray a musical journey so that the listener is not only engaged in the movement, but also enlightened through the process”

Developed by zerOclassikal, The Infinite Rd started as a work in progress showcasing at Tara Theatre as part of the carnatic music series in 2018. Since then a number of venues/ organisations have picked interest for their  programming initially for 2019/20 seasons – however that will now change to 2022.

Kitha will be starting a Project Blog shortly here