Galaxy’s Musician Gone

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Published on: December 15, 2012

As the year closes out, artists from across the galaxy mourn an unexpected passing. The acclaimed musician Navi Karshan passed away quietly at his home in the Perseus-Bound arm of Kroy at the age of 92. Many know of Karshan through his brief collaboration with the legendary pop band The One-Ders. But few know that Karshan’s efforts have helped to promote traditional Ynde music as a galactic genre today.

As a young boy Karshan toured in his uncle’s traditional dance troupe. The troupe toured in every sector of the galaxy, and Karshan was exposed to every major style of music. So when he met up with the famous Ynde musician Kaliisan Mugul, he had already had a great amount of musical experience under his belt. Mugul was barely heard outside of the Ynde and Asadian sectors, but his influence was so far reaching that over a century later many modern Ynde musicians still rank him as an influence.

Recognizing Karshan’s talent, Mugul trained him as an apprentice. At the age of 19, Karshan held his first concert and took his first steps into a solo career. With his fantastic and diverse background, Karshan’s quick success came as no surprise. But as talented as Karshan was, he might not have been heard outside of Ynde. Karshan became a musician in the last years of the second Galactic War. The larger galactic musical scene appreciated all kinds of music, but the most successful musicians were based out of the Kroy or Eurysatian sectors.

But 20 years into his career, galactic tastes began to dramatically change. Large Kroy-Based musical acts like the One-Ders began incorporating sounds from every culture into their music. Karshan started to find himself sought by producers of the largest labels in the world. And when One-Ders Guitarist Hedge Garlson invited him to collaborate on one of their albums, Karshan’s music suddenly had galactic exposure.

Karshan spent four years working with the One-Ders, and collaborating with some of the largest pop acts in the galaxy. But Karshan saw that interest in traditional Ynde music was starting to lose widespread appeal. Karshan never stopped playing traditional Ynde music. But unlike his contemporaries, Karshan never tried to fuse his music with the popular genres of the time. He believed his genre was one of the most beautiful in the world, and he believed it was his responsibility to show its true potential.

And just as his musical tastes as a child had had no biases, Karshan’s professional relationships had no boundaries. He composed soundtracks for multiple movies, and his efforts were nominated for several awards. He collaborated on albums with traditional composers and experimental musicians alike. Karshan even inspired others to explore the potential of his genre. He worked and taught at the schools for Ynde music that he set up across the Milky Way.

And Karshan’s musical genes are just as strong. Two of Karshan’s three children have gone on to become award winning musicians themselves. His oldest daughter Tatara Karshan, who he regularly performed with in concert, has composed multiple symphonies and is considered to be one of the galaxy’s best Itar players. His youngest daughter Flora Stone has created many smooth listening albums and has sold millions of files in the Kroy.

Within his lifetime, Karshan expanded the galaxy’s understanding of music. And while it saddens millions of fans to hear of the great musician’s death, his life and his legacy is one worth celebrating.

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