Ithaca's new live radiobroadcast show Crossing Borders presents ‘The Middle East to India’ for its July 31 concert broadcast. Featured artists Sujata Siddhu and Nicolai Ruskin will share the bill for the unique concert presented live from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, from the Carriage House Café at 305 Stewart Avenue. The show airs on WVBR 93.5 FM and online at wvbr.com.
Sujata Siddhu is well known to local and Grassroots Festival audiences for her inspiring vocal presentation of Karnatic music—South Indian classical music. Karnatic music is considered one of the oldest systems of music in the world, combining elements of emotional, yet scientific approach with improvisation. The basis is the system of ragas (melodic scales) and talas (rhythmic cycles) and through artists and scholars it developed into a medium of teaching, performing, prayer and therapy. Sujata studied Karnatic music with the late great master Tanjore Viswanathan.
Nicolai Ruskin, a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Arabic, Persian and Turkish music, is also the director of the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Ruskin has been living in Ithaca since 1994. He will perform on oud, nay and qanoun in solo and also accompanied by percussionist Jesse Koennecke. Keonnecke performs on Darbuka, Riq, Tabl, and Duf. Both are also members of the world fusion group with a gypsy flare called Gadje.
Crossing Borders is a two-hour, weekly multi-cultural live radio concert series, dedicated to presenting international, local ethnic, and local original artists, often in combination, live from the Carriage House Café. The Café is a newly renovated carriage house, whose mission is to promote multicultural interaction through entertainment and cuisine. It is scheduled to open for food sales in the early fall. Meanwhile it opens for the radio show every Saturday. The pubic is welcome to attend the live presentation. Admission is $10 at the door. The WVBR show is available at 93.5 FM or www.WVBR.com.