Jyotika Dayal was born in 1967 in Benares/India. As an upcoming artist she has completed her "Post Diploma" in the field of Hindustani Classical vocal music under the able guidance of Pandit Amarnath and Smt. Shanti Sharma at the "Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra" in New Delhi. She was a recipient of the Senior Scholarship from Ministry of Human resource and development, Government of India from 1995-1998.
Jyotika Dayal has successfully performed at the festival "Yuva Mahotsav" , organized by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi. She has given several performances on various cultural occasions at "Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra", also for "All India Radio".
At the age of eighteen years, Jyotika Dayal began her training in Kathak-dance under Smt. Reba Vidyarthi, a well known dancer of the "Lucknow Gharana". Under the guidance of Smt. Vaswati Mishra, also a well known dancer and choreographer, Jyotika Dayal made her second "Post Diploma" at the Kathak Kendra in New Delhi.
Jyotika Dayal made her first experiences abroad in Europe and Mauritius in the years 1995/1996 as a member of a big dance-company of twelve artists.Since 1998 she is a member of the MUSIC ENSEMBLE OF BENARES, where she has an impotant part not only as a singer and kathak-dancer, also as a composer and choreographer.
During the "Kasseler Musiktage" in autumn 2004 the german newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wrote:
> THE GREAT JYOTIKA DAYAL FORMED A FAST AND RHYTHMIC
"FULL-BODY-PAINTING", WITH TYPICAL FOOTWORK OF HER ANKEL BELLS AND NOT WITHOUT HUMOR <
Irene Álvarez began her education in classical spanish dance at the age of nine years at the dance school of the famous Bailaora Matilde Coral and at the Real Conservatorio de Musica y Danza in Sevilla, where she made her diploma in 1993.
After that she made her flamenco education more perfect with maestros like El Guito, Manolo Marin, Javier Latorre, Angel Atienza, Isabel Bayón, José Galván, Pilar Ogalla and Manuel Betanzos.
Irene Álvarez had also a short performance in Carlos Sauras movie “Sevillanas” and performed at many European Flamenco-Festivals like Flamenco-Festival Rhein/Mainz 2008, Guitar-Festival Balathon/Hungaria 2008, Festival Noches de Flamenco, Bruxeles 2008, Festival Tempo Colar, Liege/Belgium 2008, Festival Sur les Routes des Masiques Tsiganes Caen, France 2009, Eastern-Flamenco-Festival, Philharmonie/Berlin and many more.
She is touring under the project name “Dos” verry successful together with Ulrich Gottwald, “El Rizos”, Carmen Fernández, Alejandro Gavilán and Frederico Ordónez in Belgium, Netherlands and France. She also works with famous flamenco artists like José Parrondo, Antonio Andrade and Ursula Moreno.
Irene Álvarez has her own flamenco-school in Leipzig/Germany, where she made her own projects like “Café Contante” with the Tenor Juan Remón, Reutlingen 2009 and “Encuentros”, Cologne 2009. As a guest-lecturer she worked also with Isabel Bayón, Festival de Jerez 2009.
Ioanna Srinivasan began her Kathak dance training as a child, studied under the tutelage of the celebrated master in Kathak, Pandit Vijai Shankar and graduated with a Kathak-Diploma (Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandighar) with distinction.
Since then Ioanna Srinivasan has been performing as a soloist in classical Kathak dance as well as avantgarde and fusion-Projects with flamenco, modern and contemporary Dance and choreographed dance theatre. She has toured Europe as well as India, Malaysia and the GUS States, performed at various international festivals like the Binda Din Kathak Festival (India) or Theater der Welt (Germany) and presented Kathak in radio and television programmes.
In 1997 she founded the Academy of Kathak Dance in Berlin, Germany and in 1999 her dance company.
The press and critics have been appreciative of her elegant stage presence, excellent command over rhythm and delicate expression.
„... her movements are light and breathtaking beautiful...“
Berliner Kurier, Jan. 1998, Germany
„... beautiful hand movements, complex footwork, high speed body swirls and delicate facial expression…a convincing and engaging storyteller…”
Northumberland Gazette, Feb. 2000, Great Britain
„ … such sharp precision and fluidity of movements are rare among dancers…”
Padmavibhushan Birju Maharaj, Kathak dancer, Nov. 2005, India
The flamenco guitar player Alexander Gavilán combindes an orthodox, powerful stile of playing with modern compositions.
His way of playing is based on the school of Paco Pena, the tradition of flamenco, but he is also looking for new projects.
Alexander was born in Cologne/Germany in the year 1969 and became his first guitar lessons at the age of twelve years from Tomas Seda. Later he studied at the Conservatorium Rotterdam/Netherlands with Paco Pena, Ricardo Mendeville and Hans Van Gogh. He also studied at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte in Sevilla/Spain, where he became lessons from Nino de Pura, Miguel Angel Cortés and J.L. Postigo.
Since 1995 he performed with different ensembles in Europe like Zapato Caliente, Philharmonie Krakau/Poland 1995, guest musician at Bläck Föös, Tanzbrunnen Cologne, 1995,Theater and Flamenco projects “Salome” Kunsthaus Rhehnania,Cologne and “Unter freien Himmeln”, Art Theater Cologne 1995-1997, Compositions for different flamenco shows 1996-2002 ( Flamencofestival Düsseldorf and Freiburg, Senftöpfen Cologne, die Kuppel, Basel .
1996-2003 “A touch of Flamenco”, Fusion Jazz/Flamenco ( CD “Leyendas” ), in 2003 solo-concert for the vernissage of the Picasso-exibition at the Gustav Lübke museum, Hamm.
Since 2004 projects with the singer Jose Ligero and the dancer Federico Ordonez.
In 2006 guest musician with Rafael Segura and Juan Ramon Caro at Moselfestwochen, Palais Trier. In 2008 production of “12 tiempos de amor” for Odegand, Festival van VlaanderenSince 2008 member of the production “Dos” and since 2009 member of the “Kathak-Flamenco” project.
Ravi Srinivasan (Tabla, Vocals, Ghatam) was raised in a traditional Brahmin family in Malaysia and was trained in violin and singing. He studied tabla with the legendary Pandit Kamalesh Maitra. His stage presence, sensitive style of playing and experience have made him a much sought after accompanist and soloist.
A prize winning percussionist, Ravi has played at important festivals worldwide, from Malaysia and India via Russia and Europe to the USA and even as far as Greenland. He plays with diverse Jazz, folk and world-music formations such as Indigo Masala, Midnight Court and accompanies Raga-music and Kathak dance.
…fantastic finger-work on the tabla, masterful world-music… “
Hessisch Allgemeine, 10.4.2003
...Ravi Srinivasans trademarks are his velvet voice – and his whistling, that seduces his listeners into a condition of floating lightness“
Hildesheimer Allgemeine, 25.04.2008
…the sheer joy of playing music, humour and the virtuosity of the musicians. Above all the versatile Ravi Srinivasan, hailing from an orthodox hindu family in Malaysia, kept the connection to the audience alive. Colourful, infectiously energetic and global in the best sense of the word, an enjoyable concert evening.
Trierischer Volksfreund 29.03.2010
Arun Srinivasan was born into a familie of musicians and dancers in 1994. At an early age he studied Harmonium, tabla, accordeon, piano and kathak-dance and has wun many prizes as a soloist as well as a composer. In 2005 he was a soloist in the musical Les Miserables in the Berlin Theater des Westens, appearing in hundreds of performances. Today Arun is a sought-after accompanist and soloist in the jazz and world-music scene and has performed all over Germany, in the UK, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Since 2009 he is a member of the band Indigo Masala (Creole World-Music Prizewinners 2006) and performs with the Music Ensemble of Benares.
José Parrondo was born in 1959 in Carmona (Sevilla). He is able to master all the contemporary ways of the Flamenco-singing, like the frolicsome songs of the province Cádiz with all the spontaneous humor, thy lyric poetry of the Malagenas as well as the spiritual songs of the Cante Jondo pr Siguiriyas.
During his international career, José Parrondo has got many awards. He is the only one, who has got the three first awards of the famous "Concurso de Cante de Antonio Mairena" and also the "Antorcha del Cante". He is also the winner of the "Concurso Memorial Camarón de la Isla" in Cádiz and he has got five first awards of the "International Festival de la Unión" (Murcia).
Among his numberous TV-and CD-productions especially the album "Agua Limpia" with Pedro Bacan and "Locuras del Carazón" with Manuel Herrera has to be named.
Günther Paust was born in the year 1954 in Mannheim/Germany. He came in contact with Indian classical music at the early age of 14 and has nowadays a profound knowledge of Indian music and has also conducted some very interesting projects.
He undertook his first journey overland to India in 1975. This was followed by a longer study tour in 1978/79 where he took sitar lessons at the Sanskrit University in Benares.
In 1981 he organized the first concerts in Europe and founded the MUSIC ENSEMBLE OF BENARES in 1982, where he accompanied the ensemble on the tanpura in more than 700 concerts.
In the course of all these years Günther Paust has been able to introduce more than 80 different artists to the European audience, mostly from Benares. He produced quite a few LP`s in the 80`s and meanwhile he has also added 5 CD`s to his credit.
In 1997 Günther Paust did a diploma course in music therapy according to the NADA BRAHMA MUSIC THERAPY with VEMU MUKUNDA of Bangalore.
Günther Paust is also co-author of the book "Indische Musik in Deutschland" (Indian music in Germany) which was released in 1997.
In the last years Günther Paust works as a moderator for the South-West Radio Station in Baden-Baden/Germany (SWR). He has made some very interesting "world music" boradcastings like: "The hypnotic sound of the Shahnai", "Memories of the Tabla-Virtioso Late Pt.Prakash Maharaj", "A meeting with my Sitar-teacher Pt.Shivanath Mishra" & "Rabab-Music from Afghanistan & the North Indian Sarod of Pt.Vikash Maharaj". Soon some more broadcastings about the Sarangi, the Bansuri & the Kathak-Dance etc. will follow.
Günther Paust spends several weeks a year in India to contact and get to know new talents and artists and so has new surprises and tours all the time. In the meantime he organised 44 concert tours with about 1500 concerts in Europe.