730 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011
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L. Shankar

@ Madison Theater
$ 40 Min
$ 60 Max
All Ages

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  1. Shenkar (aka L.Shankar, Shankar) is widely considered a living legend, a pioneer and a musicalgenius by his peers who hold him in the highest esteem. Shenkar has enthralled audiences andcritics alike all over the world. A child prodigy who is a virtuosovocalist, violinist, composer andrecord producer who has sold over 100 million albums through his solo projects andcollaborations with other superstar musicians throughout the world.Shankar was born in Madras, his parents from Kerala, he grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka where hisfather V. Lakshminarayana was a professor at the Jaffna College of Music. Shankar wasexposed to Carnatic music and other styles from an early age. He started studying the vocals atthe age of two then violin at five then mridangamat seven. His father was an esteemed violinist,vocalist, his mother L. Seethalakshmi played the veena and sang; all his five older siblings werealso proficient in music. At the age of seven, Shankar gave his first public concert, at aCeylonese temple,Nallur Kandaswarmy. He gained a large following performing with some ofthe most eminent names in Carnatic music, playing all through India, such as ChembaiVaithyanatha Baghavatar, Palghat Mani Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Alathur Srinivasa Iyerand many other leading musicians. Following the ethnic riots in Sri Lanka, his family escaped toIndia.Shenkar created and designed his own invention, first of it's kind the 10 string stereophonicDouble Violin, built by Ken Parker. The Double Violin covers the entire range of the orchestra.He formed the groundbreaking band Shakti with the British guitarist John Mclaughlin, ZakirHussain and Vikku Vinayakram and toured the world. He also performed extensively his Indianclassical tours with Zakir Hussain andVinayakram. He recorded 8 world music albums for thereputed German label ECM and toured extensively featuring the renowned Sax Player JanGarbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Trilok Gurtu in many Jazz and worldmusic festivals organized by his label ECM featuring other ECM artists such as Keith Jarrett,Jack DeJohnette etc.Shenkar is one of a kind musician venturing in different genres of music. Besides his numerousclassical albums he has released worldwide several pop, rock, electronic dance music hitalbums and videos including the musical composition of the 2005 Oscar winning documentary,“Born Into Brothels”. In 1990, Shenkar co-produced a one-hour BBC film directed by awardwinning director H.O. Nazareth. It was nominated as one of thebest documentaries at theCannes Film Festival. Shenkar’s work has been featured in the following films: “Queen of TheDamned”, “Ali”, “Jennifer 8ʺ, “Robin Hood”, “Jacobs Ladder” and more. Shankar's pop, rock,electronic dance music albums have featured guest artists such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel,Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Waite, Stewart Copeland (The Police),Ginger Baker, Toto, Johnathon Davis (Korn), Natasha Bedingfield, Pat Monahan (Train),RandyJackson (American Idol) and Patrick Leonard (Madonna) amongst others.Shenkar’s pop DVD, “One In A Million”, became the number 1 DVD in the US spending 4 weekson top of the U.S. Soundscan/Billboard charts. Shenkar has also collaborated with Frank Zappa(who produced Shenkar’s solo record for Zappa Records), Talking Heads, Pete Townsend, LouReed, Marianne Faithful, Sting, Jeff Beck, U2, The Pretenders, Echo & The Bunnymen, John  
  2. Lydon (Public Image Ltd.), George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dave Stewart, PeteTownsend (The Who), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins(Jane's Addiction) and many more.Shenkar has worked on numerous soundtracks including the Grammy award winning andcontroversial “The Last Temptation of Christ” by the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Heco-wrote many tracks with Peter Gabriel and his vocals were featured in the movie. In 2004Shenkar, composed and performed vocals on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”. Hisunmistakable haunting voice was heard all throughthe movie.Additional special projects have included The Princess Trust Rock Concerts with PrincessDiana in England, The United Nations Peace Day Festivals, and Nelson Mandela's 80thBirthday celebrations. The rock extravaganza, Human Rights Now World Tour in 1988, featuredShenkar's own group, who were joined in performance by Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel,in addition to several other musicians.Shenkar collaborated with the gifted duo Wendy & Lisa (Prince) on their original score for theNBC smash hit TV series “Heroes”. Shenkar is the featured lead vocalist on the theme and allepisodes of “Heroes”. Also in Heroes-Reborn TV series. His voice is featured on the recent hitTV show Fear the Walking Dead.Shenkar moved to India in January 2016 following the invitation from Sri Thirumeni Guruji atChepleeri Siva Temple in Kattukulam, Punchapadam, 30 km from Pallakad. Sri ThirumeniGuruji and Shankar started Shiva Conservatory 3 1/2 years ago the headquarter at ChepleeriShiva Temple and other branches including at Palakkad Public Library in Palakkad headed byT.R.Ajayan, Chennai, Hosur, Los Angeles which has several prominent musicians taking masterclasses under Shankar and many other students from different genres of music.Since then he has been living there and touring extensively in India and abroad. He has beenconducting Master Classes jointly presented by Swaralaya & Shiva Conservatory at thePalakkad Public Library organized by Sri T.R.Ajayan. During his stay in Kerala he has recentlycompleted his new upcoming album " Chepleeri Dream " to be released world wide byCleopatra Records from Hollywood which features Sri Thirumeni Guruji's mesmerizing vedicchants and also internationally renowned superstars who have sold all together over 1000million records . Through this album Shankar wishes to put Kerala on the highest horizon formusical fans all over the world from different genres of music. This album features artists suchas Jonathan Davis (Korn), Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction),Norwood Fisher (Fishbone),Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel), Chester Thompson (PhilCollins, Genesis), Josh Lopez Will.I.Am, Black Eyed Peas), Dileep Palakkad, Zack Baird (Korn,Beyonce / Jay-Z), Neel Agrawa

 

  1. Shenkar (aka L.Shankar, Shankar) is widely considered a living legend, a pioneer and a musicalgenius by his peers who hold him in the highest esteem. Shenkar has enthralled audiences andcritics alike all over the world. A child prodigy who is a virtuosovocalist, violinist, composer andrecord producer who has sold over 100 million albums through his solo projects andcollaborations with other superstar musicians throughout the world.Shankar was born in Madras, his parents from Kerala, he grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka where hisfather V. Lakshminarayana was a professor at the Jaffna College of Music. Shankar wasexposed to Carnatic music and other styles from an early age. He started studying the vocals atthe age of two then violin at five then mridangamat seven. His father was an esteemed violinist,vocalist, his mother L. Seethalakshmi played the veena and sang; all his five older siblings werealso proficient in music. At the age of seven, Shankar gave his first public concert, at aCeylonese temple,Nallur Kandaswarmy. He gained a large following performing with some ofthe most eminent names in Carnatic music, playing all through India, such as ChembaiVaithyanatha Baghavatar, Palghat Mani Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Alathur Srinivasa Iyerand many other leading musicians. Following the ethnic riots in Sri Lanka, his family escaped toIndia.Shenkar created and designed his own invention, first of it's kind the 10 string stereophonicDouble Violin, built by Ken Parker. The Double Violin covers the entire range of the orchestra.He formed the groundbreaking band Shakti with the British guitarist John Mclaughlin, ZakirHussain and Vikku Vinayakram and toured the world. He also performed extensively his Indianclassical tours with Zakir Hussain andVinayakram. He recorded 8 world music albums for thereputed German label ECM and toured extensively featuring the renowned Sax Player JanGarbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Trilok Gurtu in many Jazz and worldmusic festivals organized by his label ECM featuring other ECM artists such as Keith Jarrett,Jack DeJohnette etc.Shenkar is one of a kind musician venturing in different genres of music. Besides his numerousclassical albums he has released worldwide several pop, rock, electronic dance music hitalbums and videos including the musical composition of the 2005 Oscar winning documentary,“Born Into Brothels”. In 1990, Shenkar co-produced a one-hour BBC film directed by awardwinning director H.O. Nazareth. It was nominated as one of thebest documentaries at theCannes Film Festival. Shenkar’s work has been featured in the following films: “Queen of TheDamned”, “Ali”, “Jennifer 8ʺ, “Robin Hood”, “Jacobs Ladder” and more. Shankar's pop, rock,electronic dance music albums have featured guest artists such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel,Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Waite, Stewart Copeland (The Police),Ginger Baker, Toto, Johnathon Davis (Korn), Natasha Bedingfield, Pat Monahan (Train),RandyJackson (American Idol) and Patrick Leonard (Madonna) amongst others.Shenkar’s pop DVD, “One In A Million”, became the number 1 DVD in the US spending 4 weekson top of the U.S. Soundscan/Billboard charts. Shenkar has also collaborated with Frank Zappa(who produced Shenkar’s solo record for Zappa Records), Talking Heads, Pete Townsend, LouReed, Marianne Faithful, Sting, Jeff Beck, U2, The Pretenders, Echo & The Bunnymen, John  
  2. Lydon (Public Image Ltd.), George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dave Stewart, PeteTownsend (The Who), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins(Jane's Addiction) and many more.Shenkar has worked on numerous soundtracks including the Grammy award winning andcontroversial “The Last Temptation of Christ” by the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Heco-wrote many tracks with Peter Gabriel and his vocals were featured in the movie. In 2004Shenkar, composed and performed vocals on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”. Hisunmistakable haunting voice was heard all throughthe movie.Additional special projects have included The Princess Trust Rock Concerts with PrincessDiana in England, The United Nations Peace Day Festivals, and Nelson Mandela's 80thBirthday celebrations. The rock extravaganza, Human Rights Now World Tour in 1988, featuredShenkar's own group, who were joined in performance by Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel,in addition to several other musicians.Shenkar collaborated with the gifted duo Wendy & Lisa (Prince) on their original score for theNBC smash hit TV series “Heroes”. Shenkar is the featured lead vocalist on the theme and allepisodes of “Heroes”. Also in Heroes-Reborn TV series. His voice is featured on the recent hitTV show Fear the Walking Dead.Shenkar moved to India in January 2016 following the invitation from Sri Thirumeni Guruji atChepleeri Siva Temple in Kattukulam, Punchapadam, 30 km from Pallakad. Sri ThirumeniGuruji and Shankar started Shiva Conservatory 3 1/2 years ago the headquarter at ChepleeriShiva Temple and other branches including at Palakkad Public Library in Palakkad headed byT.R.Ajayan, Chennai, Hosur, Los Angeles which has several prominent musicians taking masterclasses under Shankar and many other students from different genres of music.Since then he has been living there and touring extensively in India and abroad. He has beenconducting Master Classes jointly presented by Swaralaya & Shiva Conservatory at thePalakkad Public Library organized by Sri T.R.Ajayan. During his stay in Kerala he has recentlycompleted his new upcoming album " Chepleeri Dream " to be released world wide byCleopatra Records from Hollywood which features Sri Thirumeni Guruji's mesmerizing vedicchants and also internationally renowned superstars who have sold all together over 1000million records . Through this album Shankar wishes to put Kerala on the highest horizon formusical fans all over the world from different genres of music. This album features artists suchas Jonathan Davis (Korn), Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction),Norwood Fisher (Fishbone),Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel), Chester Thompson (PhilCollins, Genesis), Josh Lopez Will.I.Am, Black Eyed Peas), Dileep Palakkad, Zack Baird (Korn,Beyonce / Jay-Z), Neel Agrawa

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