The sound of singing mingled with the Indian slide guitar and the tabla at the Museum of Making Music on Sunday on November 4, 2012. Indian slide guitarist and designer Debashish Bhattacharya aims to bring audiences to a place where they can focus on music as intensely as he focuses while he plays. This focus on music, on the present moment, can bring a feeling of peace akin to intoxication. In that moment, wine is no longer required. Music is enough.
This is the focus of their tour and the title of their latest album. Debashish is joined on the Madeira tour by his brother, percussionist Subhasis Bhattacharjee, and his daughter, vocalist Anandi Bhattacharya. Together they shared the rich tradition of Indian classical music with a mesmerized audience. Their set included traditional songs and several of Debashish’s original compositions.
The Museum of Making Music is proud to have recently received a remarkable and innovative instrument for our interactive area. The Harpejji (har-PEH-gee) is a member of a small family of stringed instruments known as tapping instruments. As a descendant of the electric guitar, it is played by tapping the strings to produce a note. The tapping technique is reminiscent of the Chapman Stick. Chords and scales of a particular type all have the same "shape" or hand positioning regardless of the starting note.
Our Harpejji has 16 strings and 19 frets covering 4 octaves. Special thanks go to Marcodi Musical Products for their generosity in loaning us the instrument for our interactive Innovation Studio.
Stop by the museum and try it out!
Did you ever stop and wonder, "How did they make that?" Sometimes the answer is obvious, sometimes not. The Museum of Making Music recently received a special display that sheds some light on this question for one particular instrument. "The Birth of a Zildjian Cast Bronze Cymbal" highlights the birth of a Zildjian cymbal and was given to the museum by Don Griffin of West L.A. Music. The piece showcases the various stages of manufacture that a Zildjian cymbal goes through before reaching a finished product. Special thanks to Mike Brucher of Percussion Partners for helping relocate this piece to our facility in Carlsbad, CA!
We just recieved this jumbo-sized, rhythmic frog. Never before have we encountered such a behemoth!
The frogs are a lot of fun. If done right, you can mimic the croaking sound by scraping the wooden stick along the spine of the frog (similar to a guiro).
For years, the Museum has offered the smaller frogs, and even a medium and large frog once in a while, but this gianormous version is quite overwhelming!
What should we name him?
If someone would have told me that one instructor could get 32 kids, ranging ages 5 to 15, organized for a performance in just five days I don't know if I would have believed it!
Ranging in experience level from novice to advanced, the kids in our Summer Music Camp proved that no feat is too hard when it involves music. Headed up by Ed Roscetti, the Summer Music Camp has been rocking out the Museum all week long.
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