Choir: SATB div. a cappella | STB solos
Duration: ~10 minutes
Languages: Telugu, Tamil. Also includes konnakol
Photo Credit: Yao-Wen Yeh
Gaanam, the noun form of "singing" in Sanskrit, is a holistic celebration of singing. The piece explores ways through which the treatment of the voice in Carnatic music can be incorporated into ensemble work. Featuring melodic gamakams, rhythmic konnakol, intricate solos, aleatoricism, and polyrhythms, Gaanam is a demanding but rewarding and immersive piece about how we come together through music.
Winner of the 4th ORTUS International New Music Competition 2020
ASCAP Morton Gould 2019 Finalist
Gaanam, performed by the Princeton University Glee Club, 2018. Directed by Gabriel Crouch. Soloists: Sarah Baber, Calvin Wentling, Eli Berman. New Jersey, USA