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BY KARTHICK IYER

Karthick Iyer is a musician, an accomplished violinist who is taking Indian music to global audiences.

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A melody that just did not work!

It's been quite a different experience for me to work as a composer for a movie when compared to making music with my band to create ‪#‎IndoSoul‬. Apart from the obvious contrast in terms of the stylization of the song, one has to work to meet the requirements of the particular mood of the scene as well as the ultimate vision of the director. Here's a scratch that I made for a sad song that was liked by the team but ultimately did not work for the particular scene. The stage in the movie necessitated a much more intense and emotionally charged number for which I ended up making a totally different song.

However the good news is that these exercises lead to melodies that might come to use for other projects and go right into my song bank, stored for possible future use! Sharing a rough clipping of the melody in question - a song that talks about love lost. It has me singing the melody without any lyrics and my good friend Dondieu Divin arranging it.

Composed by Karthick Iyer

Vocals, Violin - Karthick Iyer
Arrangement/programming - Dondieu Divin


Nagumomo by Karthick Iyer Live

carnatic fusion music | Live concert 

This video is a 9-part video series from our Music Album launch performance at Museum theatre, Chennai, in June 2015. 

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol, Percussion)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan(Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram(Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy(Bhaang store)
Sound - DJ bala(Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt(Audio Sciences) 

Boundless - IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer Live

‘Korappu’ is a compositional format in carnatic music where two musicians exchange questions and answers through their instruments. ‘Boundless’ grew out of this structure, it is a juxtaposition of Raga Shanmugapriya on the violin with heavy metal riffs on the guitar, against the backdrop of tribal rhythms. On its own, Shanmugapriya is a calm raga. But in this unlikely set up, it takes on a dark, powerful, gritty voice that rises above the individual elements. In the end, ‘Boundless’ will leave you on a high - energetic and powerful.

Madras Cover Album feat. Karthick Iyer

A MUSIC VIDEO WITH SUN TV

I landed up in Marina beach (behind Napier bridge) along with popular Sun Music director Karthik Charan to shoot for the channel's upcoming video Madras Cover Album. I played over my existing version of A.R.Rahman's Nila Kaigirathu juxtaposed between a crowd of curious onlookers one one side and the raging waves on the other. I had to look serious and pensive for the video and I quickly found that this came quite naturally to me considering that I was holding my acoustic violin just a few feet from the wave spray. With the camera person, Karthikeyan also being referred to as "Karthik", there were three namesakes in the group, leading to quite a few amusing moments of turning to answer something only to find one wasn't spoken to! I love beaches and quite enjoyed my time there. We spent about an hour there, wrapped up various shots and left back to our respective offices and homes.  

The video released today on Sun Music and I got to catch the youtube version just a couple of hours ago. I really love the way it has come out! Karthik (director) has a nice knack of conveying varied emotions with his shots of Chennai. He has also managed to make me look good on video which is laudable! Nila Kaigirathu has always been a special song and I thank him and Sun Music for having this song and myself as part of this video. The shoot gave me the opportunity to also throwback to the good times I had composing with my good friend Ramprasad Sundar some years ago, who did the music programming and arrangement for this track. He's in the Los Angeles working on many projects there and is going to tie the knot very soon. Wishing him all the best in what life has to give!

Click on the image to WATCH the VIDEO. 

Conversation with Shonali from The Hindu

Meet Young Violinist Karthick Iyer, Who Enjoys Giving A New-Age Twist To Classical Melodies 

I played a really fun show with Karthick Iyer Live at The Park in Chennai last week, as part of IndiEarth at the Park. I sat down for an interview after the concert with The Hindu's Shonali Muthalaly. Here is the interview, published in The Hindu MetroPlus on Oct 9 2014.

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