Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday's Pick: VidyA -- Free Lunchtime Concert

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 8:19 AM

click to enlarge vidyA_8_19.jpg
12:30 p.m., free

Downtown office drones know that one of the best pick-me-ups during the workday is some free outdoor music. This year's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in SOMA has been presenting its Thursday Lunchtime Concert series since early June, which continues today with VidyA

Formed in fall 2005, the local trio ― saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan, bassist David Ewell, and drummer Sameer Gupta ― plays a forward-thinking blend of jazz and Carnatic sounds. "Carnatic music is the traditional music of South India, and it is still vibrant today," Radhakrishnan says. "I became interested in it through meeting my guru, Kadri Gopalnath, the pioneer of saxophone in Carnatic music. I had intense training under him in India during summer vacations and it became my main interest musically, in addition to jazz." 

All three members of VidyA keep themselves busy with other projects, including the Supplicants, Kosmic Renaissance, and multiculti project Nefasha Ayer, which Radhakrishnan played with during last year's lunchtime series. 

Today's free hour-long show starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Gardens' esplanade. "We enjoy performing when there is a good listening audience, regardless of whether they have paid or not," Radhakrishnan says. "Good music can happen with the attention of both the artists and the listeners."

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown

  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Marc Hawthorne


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.
  • Comic Con 2014

    Comic book enthusiasts, Cosplayers, TV and movie fans, and celebrities descended to sunny San Diego for the annual gathering at Comic-Con International.

    Whether hitting up a panel to check out The Simpson's announcement of a cross over with Family Guy or Futurama. Or hearing a new movie with Sam Raimie based on a video game or accidentally rubbing shoulders with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in cosplay, being a cosplayer, San Diego Comic-Con is the place to be. Photographs by Christopher Victorio