Nataraj is the name of a live local world music band. Last week, one of the members contacted me through this website. He asked if I would be interested in adding an live electronic music element to their band. Nataraj is an offshoot of another local band called Arundas who I had seen and loved, so of course I am interested in meeting up with the band to see what we can work out. Alex invited me to come out to one of their gigs at a place in downtown Asheville called Bobo’s Gallery and play didgeridoo with them. I went to sit in with them last night, and I had a fantastic time! They are a band of 4 who play African drums, electric sitar, hammer dulcimer, keyboards etc. It was very fun to improvise with them in front of the crowd. I am going to meet with the band to see about further collaboration including my skills with Ableton live and DJing.
Something really synchronistic just happened as I was writing this entry. About 45 minutes ago, I put on a mantra cd by Arjun & Guardians. It’s my girlfriend’s CD that I just found laying around. Anyway, I had no idea what was on it, and guess what mantra came on while I was writing this… That’s right! Nataraj. So, I looked up what Nataraj means, and it turns out that it’s basically the image of Shiva dancing. The God of dance. I just thought it was pretty interesting that I was writing about Nataraj, and then I was like, wow, are they chanting Nataraj in the music? Must be a good sign. 😉