November 2011 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

Ann Millikan is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed St. Paul composer whose style mixes contemporary classical, jazz and world music. She composes concert music for orchestra, chamber ensembles and choir, as well as interdisciplinary projects involving theater and dance

Nirmala Rajasekar is an award-winning musician specializing in South Indian Carnatic music. At the age of six she began training on the Veena-a plucked stringed instrument from the region-and has been performing around the world for more than 25 years. Today Nirmala is the artistic director for the Naadha Rasa (Esscence of Tone) Center for Music in Plymouth, Minnesota.