About the Artist
Saxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist Arun Luthra is an American musician of Indian heritage who fuses modern post-bop Black American Music with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol (South Indian classical music vocal percussion). He connects a wide range of modern and classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound and style.
“The Universal Language of Rhythm” (Music 497, Sec 096) is a 3-credit course introducing konnakol – the Carnatic (South Indian classical music ) discipline of vocalizing rhythms. Students will explore the universality of rhythm through science, history, politics, and more. Blending konnakol with other musical traditions, particularly Black American Music, will also be examined. Students will present creative works that incorporate konnakol concepts into projects ranging from music to poetry, prose, dance, and beyond.
- Q&A: Jazz musician Arun Luthra taps into the universal language of rhythm, courtesy of The Cap Times
- UW–Madison to host composer, saxophonist and konnakol artist Arun Luthra as the fall 2021 Division of the Arts interdisciplinary artist-in-residence
- Washing Away the Dust of Everyday Life with Jazz