“Raga-infused” music composed by Lucian, and traditional Hindustani music with improvisation.
Lucian Kano Balmer: violin, vocals
Marian Schuchman : cello
Joanna Mack: sitar
Josh Mellinger: tabla
Date & Time: Sat. June 17, 7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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About the Artists
Lucian Kano Balmer is a violinist, vocalist, and composer, who performs original compositions often described as “raga-infused,” with tabla player Josh Mellinger, sitarist Joanna Mack, and vocal artist Francesca Genco. He has studied vocals with renowned Hindustani vocalist, Shweta Jhaveri as well as Bruce Hamm, senior disciple of Ali Akbhar Khan. In the past, he’s also performed with award winning guitarist Shambhu Vineberg, and with sarod player Lisa Sangita Moskow. He is widely praised for his dynamic violin playing, full-bodied voice, and intricate compositions.
Joanna Mack began her pursuit of Classical North Indian Music in 1997. While studying Neuroscience at UCSD, she attended a Classical Indian Music class with sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, a disciple of the
renowned musician Pandit Ravi Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. She journeyed to Kolkata to study under the now late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, the senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. She fully
devoted herself to the pursuit of Indian Classical Music under the guidance of Deepakji. She continued her studies with him in Kolkata from 1997 through 2005. After returning to the United States, Joanna was fortunate to be able to study under the now late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. She continues her life long exploration of Indian Classical music with his disciple Sarodia Bruce Hamm and master classes with Sangeet Research Academy Guru Partha Chatterjee. Joanna teaches private and group classes and performs regularly in a variety of venues.
Josh Mellinger is a multi-instrumental professional percussionist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated in Percussion Performance BFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, and has been studying percussion for over 12 years. He currently perform with several groups and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Gamelan X, String Quake, and violinist/composer Lucian Kano Balmer. He teaches percussion lessons, and studies tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.
Marian Schuchman studied cello at San Francisco State University, and continued her studies with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet. She is the principal cellist for the Mill Valley Philharmonic, with whom she has played with since its inception in 2000.
About Lucian Balmer’s Music
Dancing in Ladakh
Lucian Kano Balmer: violin; Joanna Mack: sitar; Josh Mellinger: tabla
“Dancing In Ladakh Part 1” was the most challenging track on here for me to write. A medium tempo piece, it was written and rewritten many times, scrutinizing the overall structure as well as the finer details.
On the other hand, “Dancing In Ladakh Part 2” was written in a day, in a single sitting. It is the most dynamic of the tracks, with fabulous playing by both Joanna and Josh throughout. The ending rhythmic part I credit to my friend, Aharon Wheels Bolsta, who suggested it during our first rehearsal of the piece.
Flood of Joy
Written by Lucian Kano Balmer
Lucian Kano Balmer: violin, vocals, shruti box (that drone in the background)
Josh Mellinger: tabla
The words in this track are syllables, not actual words, traditionally sung in Hindustani taranas. They’re based on Persian and Arabic phonemes, and the word ‘tarana’ is a Persian word meaning ‘song.’