Friday, February 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
TOM PRASADA-RAO, a musician’s musician, an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early ’90s, sharing his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent.
In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas. He was formerly the songwriting teacher at the University of Virginia’s Young Writer’s Workshops, where he created the songwriting curriculum. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.
“The most moving, pointed and memorable songs reflect Prasada-Rao’s indebtedness to Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson, and other singer songwriters who have something to say, and a distinctive way of saying it.”
–Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
From headlining major festivals, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio, Tom continues to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). Tom’s 2014 release “ADAGIO” features bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk, all masterfully produced by Jagoda. He has performed with Janis Ian, Peter Yarrow, Michael Hedges, Ani Difranco, Odetta, and many others.