Shruthi Rajasekar is a composer from Minnesota USA who straddles the worlds of Western contemporary music and south Indian Carnatic music from a truly unique position. Having grown up in the US with prominent Carnatic musician Nirmala Rajasekar as a mother, Shruthi is a joy to talk with as we cover:
Choral culture and education in the US vs UK
How the pandemic is actually improving conversations around pieces in the rehearsal process
Shruthi’s experience at SOAS and RNCM
We also get super into the weeds discussing how despite its insane cross-rhythms, Carnatic music never changes time signature – plus how Shruthi breaks those rules in her piece, Numbers.
Shruthi Rajasekar https://www.shruthirajasekar.com/
This episode is sponsored by Dorico: the next-generation music notation software from Steinberg.
Educational & crossgrade versions available at significantly discounted prices.
Get your 30-day free trial version of Dorico that will allow you to try out all of the features Dorico has to offer with no restrictions.
Links and Show Notes
Many thanks to NMC for allowing Shruthi’s piece Numbers to be played in this podcast. Find out more about their great Young Composers Scheme album on their website or stream the piece.
Shruthi’s ‘German and Sanskrit’ piece, Devotee (played throughout)
Shruthi’s mum, Nirmala Rajasekar
Out of Context #1: Diversifying Programming with Integrity – Shruthi’s article for I Care If You Listen
B C Manjunath's Instagram:
“My mood for few days has simply been in Triplets, Sextuplets and Duodeciplets” 😅
Transcribed madness. 42:28s anyone?
Music played in this episode
Get new podcast episodes straight to your inbox and a piece recommendation every month