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Prasant Radhakrishnan


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Prasant Radhakrishnan is a versatile saxophonist identified with both the South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and jazz disciplines. The unique vocal texture of his sound on saxophone, noted for its expressive complexity and rhythmic ingenuity, reflects Prasant’s continued study of tradition, constant innovation, and vast concert experience.

The foremost disciple of Carnatic saxophone pioneer, “Padmashri” Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Prasant began developing his music over the course of nearly a decade of intensive musical training under his guru, much of which took place in the traditional gurukulam format of complete immersion. Since his ascent to the concert stage in 1998, he has accompanied his guru in hundreds of concerts, and has established himself as a unique and formidable voice in Carnatic music.

Prasant’s musical trajectory reveals his deep musical curiosity and constant evolution within the Carnatic tradition. At age 17, Prasant released his first album, Swara Sudha (2000), featuring some of the most respected names in Carnatic music. After an intense period of study, practice and performance in India under the aegis of the prestigious AIIS Senior Performing Arts Fellowship, Prasant released his second critically acclaimed album, Duality (2004), which displayed the subtle technical innovations he had begun developing for his instrument on the Carnatic platform. Recently, Prasant released a third solo Carnatic album entitled East Facing (2007), which furthers his attempt to fuse the Carnatic vocal style with the unique strengths of the saxophone.

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