Digital Duets: Roopa Mahadevan & Shunzo Ohno
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists are feeling out of their element in their creative practices. Joe’s Pub is supporting joyful, collaborative work by offering micro-commissions to 8 duos of artists/performers who have never worked together before. This piece - by Roopa Mahadevan and Shunzo Ohno - is the result of one of these joyful, collaborative pairings.
Artists were encouraged to tap any side of their creativity that is bringing them joy during this time, whether that meant working in their normal medium or experimenting with something outside of their genre.
When Echoes Meet by Roopa Mahadevan and Shunzo Ohno will premiere on our YouTube channel and IGTV at noon ET on Thursday, August 12.
Roopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical vocalist and crossover artist in the South Asian diaspora. Known for her powerful and emotive voice, multidisciplinary talents, and collaborative spirit, Roopa's artistic projects take her to diverse soundscapes and corners of the world - from Chennai's Music Academy to the dive bars of New York City and the cultural centers of American suburbia. Roopa is a member of the current Joe’s Pub Working Group.
Considered one of the most influential trumpeters of our time, Shunzo Ohno has played, recorded, and toured with such renowned leaders as Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, and many others. Mr. Ohno has 16 recordings under his name as a leader and has appeared on over thirty more as a sideman. His fascinating life, with his triumph over illness and adversity, is the subject of a biography, "Trumpet of Hope" and a documentary film, Trumpet of Glory. Fuji Television featured his story on the primetime show "Unbelievable." The documentary short, Never Defeated: The Shunzo Ohno Story, was narrated by long-time friend, Buster Williams.