A.R. RAHMAN’S MUST-SEE SUMMER CONCERT EVENT KICKS OFF JUNE 11 AT THE NASSAU COLISEUM IN NEW YORK
Los Angeles, CA â€“ June 2, 2010 — Internationally renowned musician AR Rahman and MTV Iggy have partnered together to present AR RAHMAN’S AMERICA. This historic program includes creation of new content with the music legend as he captures the hearts and minds of the American public.
The launch of the program kicks off today with AR RAHMAN’S AMERICA Sweepstakes rolling out in 5 cities across the US, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston. This one of a kind interactive sweepstakes gives fans the chance to meet the Academy Award and Grammy Award winning musician on the first leg his major world tour, “The AR Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home.”he lucky fans will have the chance to meet the famed musician, get VIP Access to a show, and have the opportunity to film their experience. To apply for the Sweepstakes please go to (www.mtviggy.com/arrahmansweeps).
MTV Iggy, a multi-platform MTV Networks’ brand, programs breakthrough new music and pop-culture emerging from around the globe (www.mtviggy.com). In addition to AR Rahman’s America Sweepstakes, MTV Iggy will feature exciting programming throughout the leg of his U.S. Tour.
The highly anticipated “A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour” is produced by Deepak Gattani and Rapport Productions and will kick off on June 11 in New York at The Nassau Coliseum. Rahman is collaborating with creative director Amy Tinkham who is known for creating live musical concerts for a variety of pop-music icons including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey. Accompanying Rahman will be renowned Indian performers Hariharan, Javed Ali, and Naveen Kumar. He also be performing alongside some of pop music’s most notable musicians including Taku Hirano (Lionel Richie, Fleetwood Mac), and John Beasley (Barbara Streisand, James Brown and Miles Davis).The show will be a unique and thrilling theatrical experience and is confirmed to travel to over 20 major arenas and cities worldwide including The Forum in Los Angeles, The Patriot Center in Washington DC, American Airlines Arena in Dallas aswell as Wembley Arena and O2 in London to name a few (routing listed below). AR Rahman will also be the first artist to incorporate 3D Light Mapping in a stage production.
Rahman’s rise to prominence in the west came when he captured the world spotlight last year with his work on the film score for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire winning a Golden Globe, two Academy Awards and most recently two Grammy’s. As a touring musician, as well as composer, Rahman has long been filling arenas with his elaborate and stunning live performances. Rahman has sold-out international arenas including the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in 2006 and has played for crowds as large as 120,000 in his home country of India. Now, this summer, audiences have a rare opportunity to experience a must-see concert event with “A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour.”
TIME 100 recently named Rahman one of “The World’s Most Influential People” and Fast Company included him in their “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Rahman has performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Last November, he was invited to perform at The White House for the first state visit for Prime Minister Singh, hosted by President Barack Obama. Rahman was also featured in the re-make of “We Are The World” alongside Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion to name a few. He is currently working on a new album for Interscope Records.
For AR Rahman Jai Ho: The Journey Home World Tour Dates, visit www.arrahmanlive.com