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.
- Wisconsin Science Festival to put the fun in fungi this week, courtesy of Wisconsin State Journal
- Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project concert is an Isthmus Pick the week of October 21
- Arun Luthra’s Oct.-Dec. Interdisciplinary Arts Residency events at UW–Madison and in the community