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Veena Chandra -Indian Classical Sitar and Tsuna Sakamoto – Viola Collaboration

Veena and Tsuna Immigrant women musicians ,educators from different cultures - Indian Japanese ,different genre creating New Music together

Overview

Veena Chandra – American Indian Classical Musician Sitar player ,composer, educator and  Tsuna Sakamoto -Violist composer ,educator with National Symphony Orchestra since 1998 .  In this collaboration Veena and Tsuna will create several New Compositions together. Since both are educators they will do two workshops Fall 2020 and they will perform In Spring 2021 both will take place  at Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College ,Saratoga Springs ,NY.  Performance will be audio, video recorded and also it will be live streamed in order to share with broader audience, both plan to create a CD  as well.
Tsuna was introduced to Veena through one of her student last year. AlthoughTsuna is based in Washington DC area but frequently talking and sharing music with each other has become inevitable for both. They are very appreciative of each other’s music and music ability.Both have traveled Nationally and Internationally to share their music with world. Both are craving to create New Music together.

This collaboration is bringing world musician of different traditions, different age and different genre together.Veena Indian Classical Sitar player, composer educator 75 years old ,mother of 6 children and Tsuna born in Japan in her 40’s  ,accelerating in Western Classical Music -Viola Both have achieved acclaimed success as woman musicians

This is very inspiring for other women musicians and mothers across the globe. It’s been challenging for Veena to raise 6 children solely and continue to educate  and perform keep her heritage and promote Indian Classical Music. Tsuna has excelled in Viola and she is continuing to perform as active Chamber player as well as passionate teacher  she maintains private studio.She is artistic staff of American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, she has been faculty of the CatholicUniversity of America and University of Maryland, has given master classes in Universities and High Schools.

Veena teaches at Skidmore since 1990 and Williams colleges since 2014 and Founder of Dance and Music School of India 1987 in Latham. NY, Veena has continuously done master classes, workshops ,and residences  and performances at elementary-schools,middle schools, High schools colleges and universities, libraries and parks and farmers markets to name a few.

Sitar and  Viola share a unique timbre ,both projecting infinite variations across the musical spectrum as well as upon the ears of the audience.The Viola of Tsuna Sakamoto has been heard around the world ,beauty of her versality have been played in orchestra and solo. She has singular unique gift of empathy of note and tone. Veena Chandra through her Sitar brings rich,mystical sound to the stage in a transcendence that uniquely touches the souls of the audience.
East and West musical theme transcendent would delight scholars of music, patrons of artsand music students for generation.

This project will require several meetings and rehearsals We will Skype and meet several hours to compose this music .Tsuna will travel to Skidmore to rehearse ,for workshops and performance. She will stay with me for rehearsals and practices. We will plan 10 sessions in person several Skypes.

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David Diamond String Quartets
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Tsuna is performing on viola here

Veena Chandra compilation 27 years

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This recording has clips of Veena Chandra performing at different Televised programs and playing at Skidmore and Frendly festival.
From various times of Veena’s life ,it’s been put together by her son Devesh.

Veena Chandra Compilation of 27 years Music

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This compilation of different public tv show and performances was created by Devesh Chandra

Rag Nayaki Kanda and Rag Kedar

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Both Rags were played at Skidmore College in a concert

David Diamond String Quartets
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Tsuna is performing on viola here

Veena Chandra 27 years compilation video
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This is a video of different tv broadcast performance during various times in her life ,this was done by her son Devesh Chandra

Rag Nayaki Kanda and Rag Kedar
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Skidmore College performances

Start and End Dates

07/01/202012/30/2021

Location

Saratoga Spring, New York

Project Created By

Latham, New York
VEENA CHANDRA is an internationally renowned sitarist, composer, teacher and choreographer. She is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, NY (celebrating 34 years). She is faculty at Skidmore College (since 1990) and an Artist Associate at Williams College (since 2014). Born in Dehra Doon, Valley of the…

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Alexandria, Virginia

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