Written by Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, this performance of TaReKiTa accompanies Bharatanatyam classical Indian dance, performed by Shalini Haupt.
Reena wrote this particular piece for the Urban Voices Project, a choral group comprising people who have or are experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
TaReKiTa is based on the bols (sounds) of the tabla, a traditional Indian drum. As Reena puts it, the result is “ecstatic, energetic, rhythmic music that feels good on the tongue.” Learn more on Reena's website.
Originally written in 2016, the Master Chorale is excited to premiere this new version of TaReKiTa in anticipation of its publication by Oxford University Press in January 2021.
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WITH REENA ESMAIL
On November 19, members of the Friends of the Master Chorale enjoyed an exclusive first look at TaReKiTa, followed by a Q&A session with Reena and special guests.
This performance of TaReKiTa was made possible by a generous gift from Robert and Sally Neely in honor of Stephanie Neely, Max Gladstone, and Casey Gladstone.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence is made possible by the Swan Family Trust.
The Master Chorale’s 2020–21 season is made possible by generous support from the members of the Leadership Circle.
Major support is provided by the Colburn Foundation, Dan Murphy Foundation, and Rose Hills Foundation.
Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.