Bridge to Everywhere was founded to celebrate cultural diversity through music. As such, our concert programs often explore connections found across diverse musical traditions including Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, traditional West African music, Mexican folk music, Western classical music, and jazz. Over the coming months, we’ll be highlighting members of Bridge to Everywhere whose unique voices are paramount to our work as an ensemble and organization.
A native of Mumbai, Saili Oak is a senior disciple of Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (a leading vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition) and has completed her Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani vocal music. Saili has been admired for her meticulous architecture of the khaya (composition), her systematic and well-crafted raga exploration, and her impressive command over the laya (rhythm).
In addition to her work with Bridge to Everywhere, Saili has performed across India and the United States with esteemed groups such as Albany Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Tonality. Her album with Salastina Music Society, Beyond, is available for streaming on Spotify.
Saili has been a member of Bridge to Everywhere since 2018 and for this we couldn’t be happier! During our upcoming concerts this month, she will be performing works by composers Reena Esmail, Poovalur Srinivasan, and Philip Graulty, and singing the beautiful evening raga, Raga Yaman, alongside cellist Chris Votek.