About Chicago: The Cultural Crossroads; An Evening with Saxophone Sisters and Fareed Haque
LAVANYA & SUBBALAXMI are quite different from other musicians you meet. What sets them apart is the virtue of their choice of instrument and talent. They are the only accomplished women Saxophonists in India today. Music is in their blood. Their father is a mridangist, grandfather was a musician in the erstwhile Royal Court of Mysore and there are more than 10 percussionists in their family.
Saxophone Sister’s musical journey began at the age of six with vocal and violin training. At the age of 15, they began to learn saxophone from the Indian Saxophone maestro, Padmashree Dr. Kadri Gopalnath. Since then there has been no looking back and they have successfully earned themselves the name — ‘Saxophone sisters’. Their musical repertoire ranges from Carnatic music, Hindustani, Fusion, Western to Jazz..
Saxophone sister’s appearances throughout the world include- The Little Chilli Festival of Asian Music at Purcell Hall, The Bath International Music Festival at Bath Guild Hall, The festival of One City One World at Nottingham among many others. They have performed over 5000 performances until now both on national and international grounds and travelled more than 17 countries. They are the recipients of the Rajyothsava Award by the Government of Karnataka, Padmabharathi award, Yuvakala bharathi award to name a few. And also they have made an entry to the Limca Book of Records for being the only women Saxophonists in the country.
Fareed Haque Trio
Fareed EOI 2014Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Fareed maintains his Chicago stage as a guitarist in the forefront and continues to create music that presents the epitome of Cultural Crossroads which fits Eye On India’s mission.
Fareed has a lot to his credit in recording and expanding his virtuoso to include musicians from India, Iran, and other places, creating new albums and traveling, spreading the great tunes. Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.