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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Aditya Prakash Ensemble: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Aditya Prakash Ensemble: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most amazing music I’ll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic’s challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST moved the 2021 edition from the nightclub to your screen of choice and shared the festival with the world. We called it Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. We presented 16 artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes), all hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo.

Performing from their home base in Los Angeles, Aditya Prakash Ensemble highlights songs borne from South India’s Carnatic tradition. Prakash uses his voice as an instrument to tell powerful, emotive stories — which he reimagines in a fresh, dynamic way. Aditya Prakash Ensemble’s modern take on traditional music mixes in jazz and hip-hop and features a diverse L.A. ensemble.


Aditya Prakash: vocals
Julian Le: piano
Owen Clapp: upright bass
Jonah Levine: trombone, guitar
Brijesh Pandya: drums

Producer: Aditya Prakash
Recorded: Ken Barrientos
Video: Brian Hashimoto
Audio: Julian Le
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, and Bill Bragin
2021 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, and Viviana Benitez
Event Producer: Ian Thake
Host: Angélique Kidjo
Social Media Manager: Valerie French
Publicity: Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
Legal Services: Tamizdat
Legal Services: Duane Morris
Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Video Production: MODEMA Studios


19 Responses

  1. Jasmine T says:

    This is incredible

  2. Tha Thata says:

    I'm listening to it for the first time and I love it.

  3. Brilliant 👏👏!! I love 💘it when NPR takes you down an unexpected nice journey. I'm loving this gig and can visualise myself gigging with this group 😍❤

  4. Yash Rastogi says:

    This has no way near as many views as it deserves!

  5. B says:

    The two sections, maybe eight bars after 12:41 are a perfect example of how this style of singing and the eastern range in general is absolutely phenomenal. What an incredibly tamed voice.

  6. Elena Anele says:

    First January that I dont feel envidia to Boilen. Today I just enjoyed like him last years. I Hear, dance and feel owner this beautiful und friendly music. Thanks indeed good People.

  7. KaanBey says:

    The dude on the keys is brilliant!

  8. ladygrce says:

    such a unique combination!

  9. CockRockin' says:

    i like this polyrithm kind of sing that comes from India culture. Tool is influenced by this

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