Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Spice of Life- interviews Adrian McNeil

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Adrian was based in India for many years, mostly in Calcutta, Mumbai and Dehra Dun. He has undergone intensive training according to the guru-shishya parampara (traditional methods) for more than twenty five years under Pandit Ashok Roy, Professor Sachindranath Roy and Dr. Ashok Ranade. He regularly performs in major concerts in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore and regional centres where his playing attracts critical acclaim. He often appears in the media in India and has performed for National Television and Radio along with leading cable television station Zee TV, and has been interviewed by major national daily newspapers.

He regularly performs in Australia, has made a number of recordings for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has toured widely including France and Hong Kong.

Adrian is currently living in Sydney, Australia where he is a lecturer in improvisation studies, musicianship and world music in the Department of Contemporary Music Studies.

I interviewed Adrian last week about his life as a musician, in relation to the sarod and his teacher, Ashok Roy.

The interview is available as a download.

Music on today's program will be from the following recordings

Raga Basant Mukhari- Adrian McNeil (sarod) and Aneesh Pradhan (Tabla)- Underscore Records

Ashok Roy- Master of the Sarod- Larrikin Records

Ashok Roy- Live in Amritsar 1982- Private Recording

Sambali- Geoff Brophy- Cd Sounds Pacifically Asian

Gender Solo- Alit Adi Putra- CD Sounds Pacifically Asian