Fusion

Geetha's experiments with the fusion of Indian classical music and western styles began in the mid 1990's with a performance at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. She was invited by conductor Dr. William Skelton to perform sections of Rimsky-Korsakoff's 'Scheherazade' as a veena soloist with the Colgate University Orchestra. She improvised veena solos in place of the traditional composed violin solos. Subsequently she performed a veena concerto 'Asian Colors', composed by Frank Bennett, in 2008 with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and in 2001 with the Utica Symphony Orchestra both conducted by Charles Schneider.

Geetha sang on the Marc Rossi Group's critically acclaimed new CD "Hidden Mandala," released in 2008. Her Carnatic improvisations, and melodic enhancement of Rossi's jazz and Indian influenced compositions led one critic to comment: "...this is truly global fusion." A second CD by the group is scheduled for released later in 2009.
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Other fusion projects have included a major tour of Europe and the U.S. with percussionist Trilok Gurtu's world music ensemble. The tour was preceded by a recording, 'The Glimpse', on CMP Records, London.

Geetha has also performed both as a veena player and vocalist on guitarist Andy Summers' fusion album 'Peggy's Blue Skylight' showcasing compositions of jazz bassist Charles Mingus. Her vocal rendition of 'Mokshamugalada', composed by Tyagaraja and arranged by Frank Bennett, has been released by the Oxford University Press in a new book, 'Music In South India' by T. Viswanathan and Matthew Harp Allen.