Five-time Grammy award winner, bassist Victor Wooten, and composer of Oscar-winning documentary Smile Pinky, Prasanna ,will be performing and conducting a workshop for music enthusiasts on April 8. The event is being conducted by Prasanna’s Chennai-based music school, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM).
Commenting on the one-of-a-kind workshop, where music lovers gets to experiment, learn, get feedback and even perform with the legend, organiser Shyam says, “There are no boundaries to the workshop, anyone can come. Every person should exploit this kind of opportunity. Imagine jamming with Victor Wooten!”
After a day-long workshop, the participants also get to attend the concert. Wooten and Prasanna are known world-wide as major innovators on their respective instruments - bass and guitar. Between them, they represent the 21st century music that brings in elements of funk, hip hop, Carnatic music, jazz, blues, classical music and everything else they feed on, in a melting pot of contemporary music.
I’m excited to be here.Wooten is especially renowned for his solo recordings and tours, and for being a member of the Grammy-winning super group, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He has won every major award instituted for bass guitarists.“I'm excited to be here,” he says. “This is my first time in India and I’m supporting my good friend Prasanna and his new school. It has been amazing so far. I hope I can come back!”
Prasanna, who is equally excited, quips, “I really want to thank Victor for doing these workshops and concerts and supporting the college. We are opening the admission process for our first full-time diploma program, so he’s been a big help to us.”
This collaboration has no genre tagged to their music and is open to ideas and innovation. With two celebrated virtuoso Indian percussionists, Dr. Karthik on ghatam, and Bangalore Amrit on kanjira, the quartet is ready and set for a musical kaleidoscope.