Ever heard a human beat-box, rhyming, rock, and storytelling with Indian classical and Post-Western classical music all together? Well you get an opportunity to do so at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center on February 18, 2013. Best of all, it is free!
Christylez Bacon, Nistha Raj, and Wytold, three exceedingly gifted artists, come together to bring this unique experience to you.
Christylez Bacon is a a Grammy- nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Washington, D.C. He plays several instruments including the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar and oral percussion.
Nistha Raj plays a a rare, evocative and soothing sound of classical North Indian (Hindustani) music on the 5-string acoustic violin. She was awarded a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to undergo rigorous, intensive formal training in Hindustani violin at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, India. Known for her melding of tradition with contemporary innovation, she performs regularly with the Jazz trio, The Fourth Stream, and collaborates with the Indian Embassy. You might also have heard her on DC rock band NRI's album.
Wytold plays both electric and acoustic cellos to create his own rock-orchestral accompaniment on stage. Two songs from his first album, "When Fulvio Finds Celeste", are featured in the independent film, Blood Brother, which recently premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. As part of the Strathmore Artist in Residence program, Wytold is releasing a new original album, “My Regards”, available in February 2013.
To learn more about this event, visit the Kennedy Center website.