Metro Art Presents: North Patio #3 [Shenkar / Randy Gloss / Jim Santi Owen / Neel Agrawal ]

North Patio

April 22, 2018 at 2:00pm - 5:30pm

This spring we’re pleased to present North Patio, a music performance series over the course of three Sunday afternoons inspired by and taking place on the North Patio, one of Union Station’s most intimate, verdant courtyard spaces that was originally designed as an outdoor waiting room in 1939.

We welcome you to join us and enjoy the weather as it begins to warm for sounds that will evoke varied and layered influences drawing from the architecture, history, and energy of the station as it exists in the city today.

About the Artists: Born in Madras, SHENKAR is a violinist in the Carnatic or South Indian tradition, a singer and composer of traditional Indian music as well as jazz and pop, most notably as a co-founder of Shakti in the 1970s with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain which fused North and South Indian music traditions with jazz, free improvisation, and east-meets-west popular music. He has collaborated and performed with Peter Gabriel on the Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Phil Collins, Yoko Ono, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, John Lydon, Marianne Faithfull, and The Pretenders, among many others and released over 20 albums.

RANDY GLOSS, a percussionist and the current chair of the World Music Department at CalArts, has a background performing several modalities of hand drums, contemporary percussion, and drum set which has led to his involvement in multiple ensembles that fuse world music with new music and jazz, including Hands On’Semble, a contemporary percussion quartet devoted to the art of drumming, originally founded by vanguard percussionist John Bergamo.

JIM SANTI OWEN is a percussionist with a recognized background in both North and South Indian music currently based in the San Francisco Bay area with long-time ties to Los Angeles music communities. He has performed with his gurus, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Subash Chandran, and K. Sekar in India and the U.S., as well as with jazz legend Pharoah Sanders, Nubian musician Hamza el Din, guitar innovator Stanley Jordan, Kathak dance master Pandit Chitresh Das, sitar maestro Kartik Seshadri, renowned Persian vocalist Sharam Nazeri, drumset virtuoso Steve Smith, and minimalist composer Terry Riley.

NEEL AGRAWAL is a multi-percussionist based in Los Angeles, who performs with artists in a wide range of musical contexts on tabla, drum set and percussion instruments from around the world. Agrawal is a current member of the inaugural City of Los Angeles Cultural Trailblazer cohort and completed a fellowship at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab for his groundbreaking research on African Drumming Laws.