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Demystifying Indian Music

July 13, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm PDT



TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021
5:00-7:00 PM (PT) / 8:00-10:00 PM (ET)

Indian classical music is one of the oldest systems of music in the world. In this seminar, we will explore the building blocks of Indian classical music including the raga system, common rhythmic patterns or tala, and applying these concepts in composing cues for Commercials, Film, and Television.

Aks (Ashwin Krishnan Subramanian) is a composer for film & TV, ads, and games from UCLA’s Film Scoring program. He has his roots in a family of professional Indian classical musicians in Maryland. He has studied Carnatic vocal music for over 15 years, as well as Carnatic violin and mridangam (percussion). Aks studied composition with AR Rahman at KM Music Conservatory. After placing first in his class, he was invited to assist Rahman with his films. He also toured as a musician and vocalist on Rahman’s live shows. Aks now writes for film & TV from his studio in Playa Vista.

With his wife and musical partner Lakshmi, Aks also produces albums and shows of Electronic Bhakti Music. Aks & Lakshmi have released 8 studio albums including The Bhakti Movement with Sony Music, and perform shows featuring ancient Indian poetry across the US and abroad. He has composed over 150 original songs.

Jack D. Elliot is an innovative industry veteran who has diverse and distinctive discography packed with artists like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Kelly Rowland, Lo Fidelity Allstars, and Dolly Parton. He has over 20,000 compositions in television shows around the world including NAVY NCIS, Impractical Jokers, American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, Real Housewives of Orange County, Access Hollywood, E! News Live, and Good Morning America; has created original scores for networks ABC, CBS, Discovery, Lifetime, Bravo, and more; worked with advertisers such as Progressive Insurance, V8, and Dr. Pepper, and composed music for video games like Feral Rites for Insomniac Games/SONY. Jack has produced for award-winning songwriter Diane Warren for eight years and produced and wrote with superstar David Foster. With an incredible ear that closely follows the ever-changing current sounds, Jack has his finger on the pulse of today’s music and displays an uncanny knowledge of translating the trends into what the various avenues of the industry need. As a board member for the Society of Composers & Lyricists, Jack plans and hosts educational seminars in Los Angeles covering a range of subjects relevant to media composers. He is also actively involved in organizing the SCL’s annual Oscar and Emmy receptions, the inaugural SCL Awards, and writes product reviews for The Score magazine.


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

Attendees will be emailed a Screening Link upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Tuesday, July 13, 10 minutes before Q&A start.

Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.