The Rocks Off 100: Tyagaraja, Truly Mystical Musician

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Photo by Kori Bearden
Music Scene Pet Peeve: Tyagaraja is reluctant to name a peeve, and instead encourages everyone in the music community to stick together.

"If anything, if there are problems we should look at them as a community seriously, instead of complaining about it and never taking action," he says. "I would mainly say that the biggest problem with the Houston music scene is not the scene, it's the culture, and the audience that needs to adapt and finally realize that Houston is a place where fine art, music, dance, and many other forms of art exist.

"The scene needs more support from the city and the audiences," he continues. "And that is growing but it's going to take time...

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Five Desert Island Discs:

"Off the top of my head," he cautions.

  • Anything by Abda Parveen (Sufi singer)
  • Pandit Jasraj (classical Hindustani singer)
  • Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  • Tibetan Mantra Chanting
  • Tool, 10,000 Days

Best Concert You Ever Saw: "Hmmm... wow..." stalls Tyagaraja. "It would have to be my Hindustani vocal teacher's concert. His name is Pandit Suman Ghosh, he lives in Houston [and is] one of the most amazing Indian vocalists in the world. Beyonce has nothing on this guy."

First Song You Fell In Love With: "That caused me to want to write music and put on my own performances was 'Comfortably Numb' by Pink Floyd," he says. "When I saw that movie [Pink Floyd The Wall] and heard that song I thought, 'If music and art can be like this, I want to be a part of it.'"

Tyagaraja and Benjamin Wesley perform at 7 p.m. tonight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk,

Location Info

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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