This weekend KASHA KI AASHA is proud to bring internationally renowned guitarist KONARAK REDDY to our rooftop with a special appearance by his talented daughter Zui Kumar-Reddy also on guitar. Don’t miss this exclusive performance in Pondicherry at 8 pm on Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha, 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy! Tel: 413 222 2963.
Konarak Reddy is the first musician on the international stage to find a new musical language with western harmonic and Indian melodic concepts on guitar. He is known for his finger-style playing, as well as for integrating Hindustani and Carnatic styles of improvisation into his guitar technique. He studied jazz improvisation at BerkleeCollege of Music and graduated with Honours from the Jazz Guitar Performance Program at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood. Konarak began touring with his eponymous band at the age of 16 and pioneered the idea of fusion with YALI ’74.
Since the 70’s Konarak has performed and toured with a range of musicians including Don
Ross (Canada), Peter Finger (Germany), Gionni de Clemente (Italy), Dylan Fowler (Wales),
Bob Bonastre (France), Rama Mani (India), TAS Mani (India), Dr. L.Subramaniam (India),
Antonio Forcione (UK), George Laval (Germany), Maynard Fergusson (US), Embryo
(Germany) amongst others.
Konarak has also composed music for many award winning films including:
Chanda Marutha (1976, Kannada, feature film, dir. Pattabhi Rama Reddy)
Devarakadu (1997, Kannada, feature film, dir. Pattabhi Rama Reddy)
Konarak Reddy was born in Madras and lives in Bangalore, India. His musical
influences, growing up in post-colonial India of the 50’s and 60’s, are myriad,
ranging from the ubiquitous Shubrabhatam that plays every morning all over South
India, his mother’s beloved Flamenco records, western classical music, the sounds
of the temple and the muezzin’s call, to rock and roll and jazz. He is the first
musician on the international stage to find a new musical language using western
harmonic and Indian melodic concepts on guitar. An alumni of Berklee College and
Musician’s Institute, he tours as a solo guitarist and has played with Don Ross
(Canada), Peter Finger (Germany), Jacques Stotzem (Belgium), Sandor Szabo
(Hungary), Masa Sumide (Japan), Claus Boesser-Ferrari (Germany) amongst others
on the international fingerstyle circuit. He hosts the biennial World Guitar Nights
and All India FingerStyle Competition. He has two guitar-centric albums –
Searching for the Goddess and Solar Avatar. He plays a handmade Abe Wechter
Pathmaker, Gibson Hummingbird, Zane PC electric and Parker Fly. Konarak lives in
Bangalore, South India.
He travels as a solo performer for both concerts and workshops.
Zui Kumar-Reddy grew up in an old house in Bangalore, India. She majored in
Biology at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. Her minors included jazz
guitar and creative writing. She has been playing guitar with the WWC Jazz
Ensemble for the past four years and plays every week with various bands and
line ups at Tressa’s Jazz and Blues Bar, Pisgah Brewery and other local
venues in Asheville, NC.