About Fareed Haque Group and Grammy award-winning Vikku Vinayakram, featuring Selvaganesh, George Brooks, and special guest ARKA
Fareed 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.
Hailed as the “leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion”, saxophonist George Brooks has performed with such notable musicians as Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, and Anthony Braxton. He has appeared in major concert halls throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Brooks’ music has been performed by poet Michael McClure, Yo-Yo Ma, the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Liverpool Philharmonic. Brooks is a recipient of the American Composer’s Forum “Global Harmony Prize and has received grants and commissions from SFMOMA, New Music USA, USArtists International, MetLife Creative Connections and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. His solo harp composition “The Alchemy of Happiness” premiered at the 2013 Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht.
Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram is truly an Indian treasure who began his career at thirteen years old. He joined Shakti in the early 1970s to play along with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. Since then, he has recorded four studio albums and won the Grammy for “Best World Music Album” for his participating in Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2012, which is the highest award to receive in the performing arts in India.
Arka — a fusion band, will take you on a musical sojourn beyond words. While these masters represent different musical styles and are very individualistic in terms of their playing techniques, together they create magic with their music and make an unforgettable experience. The band consists of kanjira “artiste” Selva Ganesh, kanjira player V. Swaminathan, bassist Miskho M’Ba, guitarist Santhosh Chandran, flautist Ravichandra Kulur, singer Karthik and drummer Gino Banks. In honor of performing at the HTGC, the performance will feature entertaining songs and traditional music.
V.Selvaganesh represents a new breed of percussionists emerging from India. The son of T H “Vikku” Vinayakram, Selvaganesh emerges as a disciple of tradition. He gave his first performance at the age of ten and has performed with all the top-leading musicians of the Carnatic tradition as well as the western world. Those he had accompanied include Smt. M S Subbalakshmi, Smt M.L.Vasanthakumari, Lalgudi Sri Jayaram, Mandolin U Srinivas, Ustad Zakir Hussein, Ustad Alla Rakha and Sri T H Vinayakram. The list also includes the legends from the world of jazz and the western world with Musicians such as Jonas Helborg, John McLaughlin, George Brooks and Pete Lockett.