- Keegan Daleo | guitar
- David Garcia | drums
- Aaron Hermes | sitar
- Jeremy Nuncio | piano, keyboards, organ
- Meghan Hendley | piano
- Alaap Parikh and Prasanjit | tabla
- Reenat Pinchas | cello
- Mike Poulos | bass
- Hillary Sloan | violin
- Tyagaraja | acoustic guitar, vocals, songwriter
- Will Van Horn | lap steel
- Michael Don Welch | guitar, vocals
- Gunjen Mittal | Classical/Modern India Dance
- Brett Joerger | Mrudungam
Biography and More…
Tyagaraja is a dynamic and innovative artist that brings tangibility and connective energy to very forward ideas. Combined with the ecelctic music, Tyagaraja holds a voice of commanding power yet delicate expression, delivering an underlying message in the lyrics that speaks deeply to all.
The latest invention of his show is called “Art. Music. Life.” Art. Music. Life features and showcases Visual Artists, Live Music, and a collective consciousness of sustainable from a range of healthy living and eating, Yoga and Meditation to social justice issues. The show is an overwhelming sensory overload that leaves the participant with tools to make their experience on earth a positive one. The AML fest is in one event a powerful rock show fit for theatrical settings, and in the next day a rejuvenating Yoga/Meditation retreat. Tours are being scheduled for Art. Music. Life. Summer 2011 in USA and Winter in India 2011. Many musicians and artists contribute to the tour and will be showcased in correlation with Tyagaraja.
Tyagaraja creates a unique aural experience with powerful dynamics, creative layers, and a notable connective energy that spans across many genres and audiences. Recently, Tyagaraja received 3 nominations for the Houston Press Music Awards including ‘Best LP/CD’ for ‘Open Book’. Listen to Album in its entirety Here!
Tyagaraja has performed at major festivals such as
Bonnaroo 2010 Manchester TN
Summer Fest 2010, 2011 Houston TX
SXSW Austin TX 2008, 2010
Houston International Festival Houston Tx, 2011
More About the Album Open Book:
Tyagaraja holds a voice of commanding power yet delicate expression, told through the layers of melodies and poignant lyrics. A man of musical and spiritual depth, Tyagaraja has taken the roots of his Texas upbringing, fusing them with his experiences in India and abroad. This culmination of experience, hard work, talent, determination, and the dedication of his core musical group produced a fine full length album, “Open Book,” Many musicians contributed to the collection and the range of styles within an overarching spirit allows a suitable view of Tyagaraja’s personal writing skill. Reviews
The selections range from Country Gospel songs like The Old Man to more experimental songs like the soaring Wearing the Crown and Godspeed, with plenty of accessible yet original blues/rock and singer/songwriter pieces in between. Many of the teachings Tyagaraja has absorbed through his studies here and in India are embedded within the prosaic lyrics of these moving songs. The album also features detailed moving artwork by artist Joe Zuinga, pieces specifically tailored to each song and its eloquent lyrics. Through dynamic live performances, featuring Indian Classical dance and other special presentations, Tyagaraja draws a crowd in to experience the musical pages and layers found in his artistic biography.
Not only an artist Tyagaraja is a world traveler, farmer, yoga instructor, writer, activist, and many other trades and colors.
Tyaga has traveled in close proximity with his teacher Sri Karunamayi (the teacher who gave Tyagaraja his name) in America as well as her ashram in South India. Excerpts from Tyaga\’s Book, Journey to the Lap of the Mother
A full on tour for the AML Festival in India 2010 is scheduled and promotions are under way. Tyagaraja made a strong connection with a music school and a community of people living there during his last visit to India, and plans to return for his 4th trip, with tour dates scheduled for Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Rishikesh and more.
After the release of the album Tyagraaja left for his 3rd pilgrimage in India. During this time Tyaga actually performed in the city of Pune, and gave a lecture at a music school. India Journals He spent many days and hours in ashrams, temples sacred places of India, studying and performing intense meditation.
What is Tyagaraja: (Tea-aga-raja) strong “T”?
Tyagaraja was a name given by his teacher, Sri Karunamayi to Jonathan Welch. It is common in many walks of spirituality to assume a re-invented positive personality, and along with that comes a new title. Titles mean nothing without the understanding and practice, and many of these are reflected in the lyrical styling and content of the songs currently being composed by singer/songwriter Tyagaraja. The Sanskrit word tyaga means sacrifice (or renunciation or generally a friendly helping nature, willing to serve) raja means king. Tyagaraja also happens to be the name of one of the most prolific classical South Indian composers. Living in the 1700’s Swami Tyagarajaji wrote 24,000 songs dedicated to God. Present day Tyagaraja is slowly climbing from the bottom of the mountain. The act of surrendering to a new name has revealed so many life lessons, and inspire a great sense of connectivity to the world and the souls that inhabit it.
Tyagaraja’s over all goals is to create communities of peoples living and working together using indigenous and sustainable practices of farms he will call “Peace Villages.” All of Tyaga’s goals will be brought together through music. Tyagaraja spent many years in Austin and Houston building artist integrity and notoriety. The release of “Liberation,” an EP under the band Million Year Dance, in which Tyagaraja was the principle songwriter, was only the beginning. This album was awarded “Album of the Year,” in 2007 by Houston Press. At the height of the band’s success they decided on a friendly departure.
After years of traveling through India and America on serious and deep spiritual pilgrimage, Tyagaraja is back in Texas and making music. Tyaga’s debut album “Open Book” in a matter of 2 months was nominated for “Album of the Year” in the Houston Press Music Awards 2010 and made the #1 sellers list at Cactus Music in Houston Tx. Omar Afra of Free Press Houston wrote about Tyagaraja’s live show saying, “It is something to be experienced, not just heard.” The new live show element will live up that and much more. Currently Tyagaraja is planning tours for Art. Music. Life. Festival, promoting just and socially conscious community works, and creating a working community of artists. Come and be a part of this experience, and feel it for yourself. sign up for e-news here!
Look for new updates to the website. After these pilgrimages to and mediation journeys Tyagaraja is beginning to integrate the philosophy and practice with the experience of the music in one event and from one platform. Through the use of “Webinars” classes will be given on the website on a regular basis. Also each show will showcase something different to integrate philosophy with social justice and still have and amazing rocking show.
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