Whirled Fusion Music

Performance by Telluric Currents

About Telluric Currents Telluric Currents are natural electrical currents flowing under the Earth’s surface. “Whirled” musician and composer Greg Herriges rustles an ever-changing group under the same name, featuring multi-instrumentalist Ravi Prasad on tabla, Troy Berg on percussion, and bassist Tony Varghese. The group “whirls” the traditions of East and West, spinning new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese court music and surf-jazz.
 

 

Greg Herriges

(guitar, bouzouki, vocal) Greg Herriges (guitar, bouzouki, vocal) creates an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled” music with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. An award-winning composer and performer, his music and writing have found international recognition. With a background in piano, progressive rock and fingerstyle guitar, Greg studied ethnomusicology with a focus on South and East Asian classical traditions. Having worked with some of the Midwest’s greatest exponents of Chinese, Javanese, and Hindustani music, he is equally at home playing with cross-cultural ensembles and “”letting one guitar play him.”” He also composes and directs music for theater and film and writes internationally published books on world music for Hal Leonard Publishing.

Dr. Ravi Prasad

(tabla, dholak, vocal)Dr. Ravi Prasad is an accomplished musician and a graded artist of All India Radio. Ravi holds a Master’s degree in Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. He has performed several times locally and internationally and has won the President’s Award in New Delhi. Ravi plays half a dozen instruments and is at home in several musical styles. In his college days, Ravi has won various prizes for solo performances in Harmonium, Banjo and Singing. Over the years he has matured into a harmonium player of technical virtuosity and sensitivity. He has performed with some of India’s most celebrated and honored musicians – such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Mukul Shivaputra, Pandit Siyaram Tiwari and others. Ravi’s accompaniment – at once dexterous, supportive and spontaneously inventive – combined with the rich repertoire that he has inherited from his guru-s, and the inspiration that he draws from his peers has won him the admiration of music lovers and connoisseurs. He takes special interest in Global Fusion Music and is also a founding member of the fusion band Jantri.

Tony Varghese

(double bass, dilruba) Tony Varghese is a cultural trichotomy: a jazz-oriented bassist of Indian origin who grew up in Kuwait. With a solid foundation of jazz theory, he rediscovered his Indian roots in his studies of the sarangi and dilruba (bowed instruments) traditions of Hindustani classical music. He has worked with many Twin Cities groups and theater companies and is a founding member of the Indo-jazz fusion band Samosa.

Troy Berg

(djembe, udu, kalimba, doumbek, melodica, foot tambourine, air hose, and assorted metals)Troy Berg plays an assortment of Western and world instruments, including djembe, udu, kalimba, doumbek, melodica, foot tambourine, air hose, and assorted metals—sometimes all at once. With his varied background, ranging from avant-rock and pop to trance and world music, Troy brings rock energy and a tribal feel to the proceedings. A versatile percussionist and drummer, he works with many Twin Cities groups and is also a member of the alt-rock band Smell My Pillow.
 

Program

Original compositions by Greg Herriges with the exception of Kashmiri Folk Song:

  1. Fatang
  2. Stereo Purr
  3. Garuda
  4. White Cells
  5. Bhang Bhang Bhang
  6. Kashmiri Folk Song (Traditional)