Friday, 20 September 2013

Australian award for Sruthi Laya Ensemble and AAO

By Ravi M. Ravichandhira

Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani’s Sruthi Laya Ensemble and members of the Australian Art Orchestra won the Performance of the Year award at the 2013 ART Music Awards, for their excellent performance of Sandy Evans’s Meetings at the Table of Time. Combining Western jazz and Carnatic music, this unique work created a unified performance of depth and integrity. On 26 August the winners were announced across 11 national and seven state categories.

According to Sandy Evans, “The award is for the performance of a work by an Australian composer across all categories of ‘Art’ music worldwide and is most often won by Western classical orchestras. So it was a great tribute to Guru Mani and Sruthi Laya that our performance was recognised in this way. It was given based on a live recording from concerts in Chennai and Hyderabad last November.”

The far reaching vision, mutual respect, innovative spirit and relentless pursuit of music by Sandy Evans and Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and his team have led to this milestone. Australian Carnatic musicians and art lovers are extremely proud of this outcome.

According to the judges, “the genuine enjoyment and enthusiasm of the performers for the work and the real sense of collaboration in the improvisations made for a lively and engaging experience”.

Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the ART Music Awards are the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and creative successes of Australian composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

Peter Knight, the Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, was in Sydney to receive the award.

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