International Workshop for Musicians - SaPa and the Subramaniam Foundation in collaboration with Fondation Royaumont hosted a two week workshop on Indian composition, technique and improvisation. The workshop conducted by Dr. L. Subramaniam had participants from France, Belgium, Italy, Morocco, US and Japan.
On 24th May 2014, SaPa presented a Bharatanatyam workshop for children by SaPa parent Meera. She introduced children to the basics of Bharatanatyam including history, and basic postures.
Artist Chitra Ramesh conducted her first workshop at SaPa demonstrating the various stages involved in the ancient art form, showcasing the materials involved and a number of her own spectacular finished paintings.
Bangalore's foremost Luthier Philip Peter conducted a fun and informative session for SaPa Students on the history and structure of the violin and bow. He also provided students with useful information on basic violin maintenance and conducted a group activity for students to "diagnose" problems with violins.
On January 1, 2014, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa presented a Special Workshop featuring artists from the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2013-14. Flute legend Hubert Laws and the World's only Tuba Soloist Oystein Baadsvik interacted with SaPa students, demonstrating their instruments, discussing Western Classical Music, Jazz and even practice techniques.
Dr. L. Subramaniam and the Subramaniam Foundation collaborate with Royaumont Foundation, France to presentworkshops to professional musicians from around the world to promote an understanding of Carnatic music and improvisation. This annual workshop is held alternately at SaPa, India and the Royaumont Abbey, France.
In 2012, it was held at SaPa and participants included musicians from France, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Japan. Each performer had a different musical background from Jazz to Western Classical, Mongolian to Turkish and tried to integrate the essence of Carnatic music and improvisation into their own music. There was also a special lecture on Bollywood music and singing by Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and presentations by other members of the SaPa Faculty. The two-week workshop culminated in a special performance and lecture-demonstration by the participants and some students of SaPa at the inauguration of Vijayashree Hall at SaPa.
On 5 January 2011, SaPa conducted a workshop “A World of Violins,” a never-seen-before event for all violin students in Bangalore. The workshop featured some of the greatest violinists from all over the world including Dr. L. Subramaniam, Mark O’ Connor, Loyko, Kheir Eddine M’Kachiche, Benedicte Maurseth and Catharina Chen, talking about their system of violin playing. The participants of the workshop comprised members of Bangalore’s music community and the event was covered by the media. The event was held at and supported by Hotel Ista.
Preetam Koilpillai, the talented pianist and theatre artiste held a theatre workshop at SaPa for the older students. Explaining the basics of theatre and acting, he ran through basic exercises focussing on trusting co-actors, facial expressions and letting go of inhibitions in front of a crowd.
The great maestros perform on their beautiful instruments and receive thunderous applause for their virtuosity but little is known about the people who make the instruments. In an attempt to showcase the art of instrument making, SaPa invited a team of talented veena makers who demonstrated the making of a veena to SaPa students.
In January 2012, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa presented the Global Fusion Workshop featuring artists from the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2011-12. It was open to all SaPa students and music lovers.
Apart from Dr. L. Subramaniam, the workshop featured African kora player Solo Cissokho, and Japanese koto player Miya Masaoka. Solo Cissokho discussed and demonstrated the kora and African music, as well as the role of the Griot in Senegalese culture. Miya Masoka demonstrated the kota and shared traditional Japanese music and the method of notation. The workshop was held at and supported by Hotel Ista.
The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa jointly presented a special Indian percussion workshop with leading Carnatic percussionists VV Ramana Murthy (mridangam), N Radhakrishnan (ghatam) and G Satya Sai (morsing). The artists demonstrated their instruments and explained rhythmic concepts of Carnatic music
Jazz saxophonist Rainer Pusch conducted a jazz workshop at SaPa. This workshop was open to all, with both basic level and advanced level students from around the country attending and participating.
Corky Siegel, one of the finest blues harmonica players from the US conducted a workshop for SaPa students on Dynamics in Music. He spoke about the concept of dynamics in music and demonstrated how good dynamics could give life to the music. He also gave the students practical examples of different kinds of dynamics and how they can apply it in their daily practice.
During July-August 2009, we had two young musicians from Chile in South America: Javier Lorca, a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist and Marjorie Garces, a singer/songwriter. In collaboration with faculty member Hari Ravikumar, they conducted four sessions for students at SaPa. The sessions were very interactive and included several audio-visual presentations and listening to different musical samples. The first session was an introduction to Latin American music and also a discussion on the influence of the Tropical and African music on Latin American music. The students learned many interesting elements about African rhythms. The second session continued with a discussion Carribean, Tropical and Afro-influenced music. The focus later shifted to Andean music (mainly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile) and the musical influence of the aborigines. The third session focused on the Spanish-European influence on the Latin American music. The fourth and final session was devoted solely to the various musical forms in Chile.
Special workshop with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill - Irish music legends Martin Hayes (violin) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) presented a special workshop on traditional Irish music on December 27, 2014. The workshop also featured a special performance by Matthew Noone, who is the first musician to play Irish music on the Indian sarod.
Special workshop with Corky Siegel - Blues Legend Corky Siegel presented his second workshop with SaPa, where he demonstrated the harmonica, and discussed musical concepts with students aged three and up.
Special workshop with Jon Weber - Virtuosic pianist Jon Weber presented a special workshop outlining the history of American music, and playing a number of memorable songs. He also demonstrated his perfect pitch sense and incredible memory, playing all audience requests by memory!