Sounds of India at Early Music Now
Like most of India’s great
musicians, Havaldar learned the music at home in a family tradition and
apprenticed himself to living masters in a learning process of many years. The
genre he focuses on, khayal, is of recent origin—the 1700s are recent in terms
of a civilization whose origins recede into the dawn of history. Khayal is
Arabic for “imagination,” a reference perhaps to the improvisatory nature of a
modal music wrapped around words of romantic, erotic and divine love, along
with celebrations of the seasons and the play of light at different times of
day. Khayal demands an astonishing octave-gliding range against the slippery
shimmer of the music. Havaldar will be accompanied at his Milwaukee concert by harmonium and tabla.
Nagaraja Rao Havaldar will perform 7 p.m. July 17 at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall. The concert will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. lecture.