2007 Indian Music Conference

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Program Info

Friday: April 6, 2007

Registration desk opens - 6.00 p.m.
First Performance begins - 7.00 p.m.
Last performance ends - 12 a.m.

  • * Hindustani Vocal - Sandipan Samajpati with Subhen Chatterjee on Tabla and Sanatan Goswami on Harmonium
  • * Sitar Solo - Shahid Parvez with Nitin Mitta on Tabla
  • * Sitar-Veena Jugalbandi - Shahid Parvez and Suma Sudhindra with Nitin Mitta on Tabla and Sri Balaskandan on Mridangam

Saturday: April 7, 2007

9 - 10 a.m. Registration desk & Breakfast
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morning Session

  • * Hindustani Vocal - Shubhra Guha with Jyoti Goho on Harmonium and Nitin Mitta on Tabla
  • * Sarod - George Ruckert with Nitin Mitta on Tabla
1 p.m. - 2 .pm. Lunch
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Afternoon Session

  • * Lecture Demonstration on Carnatic Vocal - Sujatha Vijayaraghavan with K. V. S. Vinay on Violin and Pravin Sitaram on Mridangam
  • * Carnatic Vocal - Aparna Balaji with Surya Sundararajan on Violin and Pravin Sitaram on Mridangam
  • * SANKARA - An Instrumental Ensemble with T. H. Subash Chandran on Ghatam, N. Ganesh Kumar on Kanjira, H. N. Bhaskar on Violin, S. Hari Krishnan on Keyboard, K. Sekar on Thavil
6 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Dinner
7 pm - 11:30 pm: Evening Session

  • * Sitar Sarod Jugalbandi - Sugato Nag and Puspen Dey with Anuradha Pal on Tabla
  • * Santoor - Satish Vyas with Swapan Chaudhury on Tabla
  • * Hindustani Vocal - Rashid Khan with Jyoti Goho on Harmonium and Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay on Tabla

Sunday: April 8, 2007

9 - 10 a.m. Registration desk & Breakfast
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Morning Session

  • * Hindustani Vocal - Sanhita Nandi with Anuradha Pal on Tabla and Madhu Vora on Harmonium
  • * Tabla Solo - Anuradha Pal
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Afternoon-Evening Session

  • * Music Triveni - Hindustani, Carnatic and Western music fusion with Bangalore (Phil Kaplan, Sven Larson and David Jamrog) and Suresh Mathur, K. V. S. Vinay, Shuchita Rao, Jon Proudman
  • * Ganga-Kaveri - Hindustani-Carnatic Flute Ensemble with M K Pranesh – Carnatic Flute Pravin Godkhindi – Hindustani Bansuri Anoor Ananth Krishna – Mridangam V. Umesh – Keyboards Pramath Kiran – Rhythm Pads and Drums S. Madhusudana – Tabla
  • * Hindustani Vocal - Sanjeev Abhyankar with Milind Kulkarni on Harmonium and Harshad Kanetkar on Tabla
  • * Carnatic Violin - Ganesh-Kumaresh
  • * Guitar (Mohan Veena) - Vishwamohan Bhatt with Swapan Chaudhury on Tabla

Accompanying Artists

Swapan Chaudhury, Nitin Mitta, Anuradha Pal, Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay, Jyoti Goho, Harshad Kanetkar, Milind Kulkarni, Pravin Sitaram, Surya Sunderarajan, K. V. S. Vinay

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Artist Profiles

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is the king of Slide Guitar (Mohan Veena) and Cultural Ambassador of India. He has pioneered the use of guitar to play Hindustani music. He burst into fame when he received a Grammy Award 1994 for his collaboration with Ry Cooder in Meeting by the river. He received his initial training from his older brother Shashi Mohan, and is now a disciple of Ravi Shankar.

He modified his guitar by adding several chikari (drone strings tuned to the tonic), which ring out in the background when their note is struck on the main strings. This hybrid instrument, which he calls the “Mohan Veena”, is played like a Hawaiian slide guitar, and is ideally suited for the sustained, sliding notes of vocal style Indian classical music. He has several albums and some with artists from Middle East, America and Asia under the Waterlily label of a recording engineer Kavichandran. For more details please visit: http://www.vishwamohanbhatt.com

Ustad Rashid Khan

Rashid Huasain Khan, a great vocalist, is considered perhaps the most convincing proof of what miracles the revived Gurukul system can achieve. Under the tutelage of Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan, for the last ten years in Research Academy, Calcutta, he has metamorphosed from a gawky, groaning child to an artiste of unbelievable maturity, vocal prowess and artistry.

He has been hailed as a great successor to the Bade Ghulam Ali Khan - Ameer Khan generation - an era today almost given up as lost. He had truly arrived on the scene when Pt. Bhimsen Joshi heard him at a concert in early 1988 and proclaimed that there is now at least one person in sight who is an assurance for the future of Hindustani Vocal Music. He has several albums released from all the big names including CBS. For more details please visit: http://www.ustadrashidkhan.com

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Ustad Shahid Parvez

Shahid Parvez is one of the most important Sitar players of his generation. He belongs to the great musical family representing the Imdadkhani Gharana, also known as the Etawah Gharana. He is the son of Ustad Aziz Khan who initiated Shahid Parvez into music, vocal and tabla at the tender age of 3. By the age of four he shifted to Sitar and was soon recognized as a child prodigy.

A purist from the beginning, Shahid Parvez, has developed a style of his own, combining the Gayaki and the Tantrakari schools of instrument playing “gayaki ang shos” the influence of Ustad Vilayat Khan, his father's cousin. He is being recognized as one of the best sitar players of his generation and is a favorite concert artist both in India and abroad.

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri

Swapan Chaudhuri, the master of North India’s drum - the Tabla, and has earned a place among the greatest classical musicians of India. His virtuosity and ingenuity have ushered him in a new style of tabla playing.

He has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia as a soloist and as an accompanist with such masters as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Dr. Balmurali Krishna and others.

In 1981, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan invited him to the United States to teach at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He holds a Master’s degree in Music, and a degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, Calcutta. His two records, Legacy (1997) and Passing on the Tradition (1998), were nominated for Grammy awards, on which he collaborated with Asha Bhosle and Ali Akbar Khan, for more details please visit: http://www.swapanchaudhuri.com/

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Mrs. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Sujatha Vijayaraghavan is an accomplished choreographer, a fine musician and has given performances all over in Carnatic vocal music, Hindustani Bhajans and Light music. She has trained in the Carnatic style from illustrious artists like her own mother Smt Ananthlakhsmi Sadagopan, Sri Sunderrajan, Sri C.Sankarasivam, Trivandrum, Sri R.S. Mani and Semmangudi Sri R. Srinivasa Iyer. She is bilingual scholar, writer (Short stories, articles, novel, travelogue, scripts for TV serials), Musician and composer and Scholar in Bharatanatyam and also active member of the Exnora movement concerning the environment. An All India Radio Artiste, she also has a music album of compositions of Ambujam Krishna: Gitamala, Vol 1 and is an active public speaker in English and Tamil.

Shubhra Guha

Shubhra Guha, an eminent artiste in the khayal style of singing, mastered the tradition of the Agra gharana learned from Sunil Bose has a voice of astonishing luminosity and power, capable of soaring effortlessly from one octave to the next. . She is also a disciple of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan. She is also an accomplished thumri singer.

She is a promising vocalist on the horizon of Indian classical music today. Among the musicians of her generation, she has one of the largest and the most exhaustive mental catalogues of ragas and compositions. Her singing displays characteristics of the Agra style in a striking and mellifluous manner. She has superb sense of layakari, strikingly forceful tonal quality and maturity in ragadari.

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Bhimsen Joshi

Bhimsen Joshi has personally invited her to sing at the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in Pune. She has also performed at the classic International Music Festival at Calcutta, Saptasur Music Festival in Delhi, the Gharana Sammelan in Bangalore. Raag- rang Gayan Gamarohi, Delhi. She has many albums where one can witness the versatility of the singer, for more details please visit: http://www.music-today.com/complete.phtml?id=128

Pandit Satish Vyas

Satish Vyas, a recipient of Padma Shri, is one of the fine Santoor players of India. He was initiated into Vocal Music by his father Pandit C.R. Vyas; India's top-notch Vocalist. Later on in 1978 he learnt Santoor from Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. He had many solo concerts around the world. Arts Council of England had invited him for an extensive concert tour of United Kingdom. He had the privilege of performing at few of the prestigious Auditoriums like Semoure Centre, Heidelberg theatre, Aotea Centre's ASB Theatre in Australia and New Zealand. He was the only Indian instrumentalist invited by European Mozart Foundation to perform at Venice in Italy during a "Four Day Festival Mostra Mozart" of Western Classical Musicians. He has many Records released on Ragas like Malkauns, Marwa and Sohini and Jog a series "PARIVAL PARAMPARA" in which Satish has played Ragas Dhankoni Kalyan and Sudh Ranjani, which are created by his father Pandit C.R. Vyas. He is a highly qualified musician. He is M.Sc. and M.B.A. from Bombay University, for more details please visit: http://www.satishvyas.com

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SANKARA - An Ultimate Instrumental Ensemble

Concept and Creation: Ghatam Maestro Vidwan Sri T H Subash Chandran Sankara is a multi instrumental ensemble directed by percussion maestro Sri T H Subash Chandran. The group consists percussion instruments viz., Ghatam, Kanjira, Thavil, Konnakkol, mridangam and melodic instruments Keyboard and Violin. The melodies express the complex rhythmical patterns in a simplified manner. The music of Sankara is full of joy and happiness, inspired by great musicians around the world. This group has been formed to synchronize the percussion and melody.

VIDWAN SRI T H SUBASH CHANDRAN

Sri T H Subash Chandran, a South Indian Percussion Maestro, is highly recognized percussionist from Chennai, South India. He is a multi percussionist, performing all kinds of South Indian Classical Carnatic Percussion instruments viz Mridangam (Barrel Shaped Drum), Ghatam (Claypot), Kanjira (South Indian Frame Drum), Morsingh (Jaws Harp) and Konnakkol (Vocal Percussion).

He became international repute through his spellbinding performances at the United Nations, the Festivals of India in many countries around the world and with the various philharmonics such as, NY Philharmonic with conductor Zubin Mehta, Norwegian Philharmonic, USSR Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic with renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam. He is the professor emeritus at the Sankara Institute of Percussive Arts and Music, New Jersey, for more details please visit: http://www.subashchandranmusic.com

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Ganesh Kumar

Ganesh Kumar, a Kanjira Artist, is a young Kanjira exponent (South Indian Frame Drum Tambourine) from Chennai, India. He learned from percussion maestro Sri T.H. Subash Chandran. He performed with many leading musicians in India and abroad and earned the appreciation from Doyen of Carnatic Music. He found new techniques in playing this "One hand instrument" and found unimaginable nuances of melody from this amusing bass percussion instrument. He has also performed with Frame Drummer Glen Velez, Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni and with legendary drummer Max Roach and with Talujon Percussion Quartet, for more details please visit http://www.ganeshkanjira.com

SRI S HARI KRISHNAN

Hari Krishnan, a Keyboard Artist, performs the carnatic classical on the Key Board. He was initiated in vocal music by Vidwan Sri H Y Narayanan at the age five and continued his training from Sri S R Janak iraman and Sri O S Thiyagarajan. He played keyboard for the musical album "Pradosh", "Subash60” and has composed jingles music for Mitsubhi cars and other cartoon movies.

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SRI H N BHASKAR

Mysore H N Bhaskar, 'A' grade Violinist of All India Radio, who began his training in violin at the early age and regularly appearing on popular television program to exhibit the serene notes created by his violin. Presently Bhaskar is accompanying all the leading and popular musician of the day traveling all over the world.

SRI K SEKAR

Sri K Sekar, ‘A’ Grade Thavil vidwan of All India Radio, has performed with many musicians in India and Abroad. He has tour extensively with Dr L Subramaniam in his classical, Fusion and philharmonic concerts in many countries. He is regularly performs with Sri T H Subash Chandran in his instrumental ensemble concerts.

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Sanjeev AbhyankarSanjeev Abhayankar

Sanjeev Abhyankar is one of the few Vocalists to have emerged in recent years and is one of the foremost disciples of the renowned vocalist Pandit Jasraj. He is considered the maestro of the Mewati Gharana. He is an artist of international acclaim and with his magical singing; he has attracted the young generation towards the Indian Classical music. He has received many awards, which include the coveted National Award as the best male playback singer, for the Hindi film 'Godmother' and he also sang for films such as ' Maachis', 'Nidaan', ‘Sanshodhan’, 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar' and 'Banaras' . He has several releases by HMV, Music Today, Sony Music, Times Music, Navaras Records U.K., Neelam Audio Videos U.S.A., Sona Rupa U.K., BMG Cressendo, Ninaad Music, Fountain Music & Alurkar Music, which have been highly acclaimed all over the world, for more details please visit: http://www.sanjeevabhyankar.com/start.html

Ganesh and Kumaresh

Ganesh and Kumaresh the ace violin duo of Carnatic Music, hit the headlines in 1972, with their very first stage appearance at the ages of 7 and 5. Over three decades, the brothers have more than lived up to the promise they showed at that debut, carving a niche for themselves in a field where violin playing has been taken to heights of international excellence by great Carnatic maestros.

The brothers are unique. Their violin technique is impeccable and remarkable – powerful, precise, with platinum tonality and incredible virtuosity. Their music is highly creative, vigorous and stretches the seams of aesthetic possibilities. Compositions flow with precision, alacrity and a deep sense of individual interpretation, raga alapanas are essays of mystical originality, rhythmic improvisations swell and descend like cascades of radiance. For more information please visit: http://www.ganeshkumaresh.com

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George Ruckert GEORGE RUCKERT

George Ruckert, a fine Sarod player in western world, is a Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT, Boston, he teaches Indian, Western, and World music and performs on the sarod. His Music of India class affectionately refers to him as “Georgeji” (Indians use the suffix “ji” while addressing elders).

He is an MA, Music Theory and Composition, Queens College; Gayan Vadya Bid, Ali Akbar College, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, UC Berkeley. After receiving a master's in western theory and composition, he became a student of the renowned Indian sarodist, Ali Akbar Khan in 1967. A co-founder and administrator of this master's important center for North Indian classical music in California, he has also performed and taught this music widely in the US, Canada, India, and Europe.

His concerts remind the quote from American composer Michael Robinson: “The raga form has the same potential to become a universal musical form. That is why it is possible for a non-Indian to find a new path within this resplendent musical form, with the only limitation being one’s self.” He has composed for orchestra, film, and dance productions, as well as published five books on the classical music of North India. His recent publication of the fiddle music of Cape Breton's John Campbell will be published this year, for more details please visit: http://web.mit.edu/mta/www/music/resources/gruckert.html

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Dr Suma Sudhindra

Suma Sudhindra of “Emani Chitti Babu” style is the fine exponent of the Veena in her generation of musicians. A very rare blend of the classical conservatism with a belief in evolving to the present, her range of work has extended from scholarly to performances of immaculate skill and creative counters. She has vivacious blend of artistic instincts, adroit techniques and admirable commitment in all aspects of her work. Keen on making a global presence Suma`s performances have been applauded all over the world. Her recent contribution to the music world is her own new innovation “ The Tarangini Veena” which has made a tremendous impact in the music circles. She received ''Rajyotsava Award' from Karnataka Government in the year 2001, for more details please visit: http://www.sumasudhindra.co.in/

Sugato Nag

Sugato Nag is fast emerging as one of the finest Sitar virtuosi of the present generation. In today's fast-changing world of Indian classical music, Sugato represents a dwindling populace of learned musicians, having had systematic taleem from some of the most respected purists of this art.

Playing in the style of the Etawah and Senia-Shahjahanpore gharanas, Sugato has expertly blended the intricacies of the Sitar baj of the Etawah gharana and the Rabab-based Sarod baj of the Senia Shahjahanpore gharana. A very melodious and sensitive player, Sugato's imaginative synthesis of the gayaki style and intricate bolwork patterns of the Sarod through skillful improvisations have resulted in a style, which is unique, for more details please visit: http://www.sugatonag.com/

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Puspen Dey

Sri Atanu Rakshit initiated Pushpen Dey into Sarod playing and he also received extensive talim under eminent sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. His style of playing has evolved from a thorough study of the Rabab Ang, Dhrupad Ang and the Veena Ang of the Senia Gharana.

He has performed in many musical concerts in India and abroad. His musical performances have been highly appreciated by noted Indian musicologists like Pandit Dhrubatara Joshi, Dr. Jamini Ganguli and Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee.

Reviews in noted periodicals and newspapers in India like Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Statesman, Bartaman, Aajkal, Desh, etc. are replete with ample praise for his artistry, aesthetic sense, treatment of raga and finally his command over the instrument, for more details please visit: http://sarega.net/puspen/bio.html

Anuradha Pal Anuradha Pal

Anuradha Pal a disciple of Tabla legends Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain has been hailed as a child prodigy who started performing Tabla at the early age. Hours of dedicated practice and learning, Anuradha’s grit and determination to change traditional mindsets of male dominated world of Indian rhythm and her consistently exciting performances, have established her as the first and only female professional Tabla player in the world.

An exceptional clarity and balance of the Tabla and Baya, pinpoint precision in rhythm and cross rhythms combined with an enviabl repertoire of compositions and improvisational techniques makes Anuradha Pal's Tabla solo and accompaniment concerts- a joy for the layman and connoisseurs.

Anuradha has performed with top ranking Indian musicians as well as collaborated with Jazz, African, Japanese musicians in extensive concert tours of USA, U.K, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Africa & Singapore, for more details please visit: http://www.anuradhapal.com/

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Sandipan Samajpati

Sandipan Samajpati, ‘A’ Grade’ vocalist of Doordarshan (Indian National Television) and A.I.R. (All India Radio), has received extensive taleem for from Pandit Manas Chakraborty. His years of unrelenting practice, coupled with a rare approach, his innate crave for perfection and, above all, his mellifluous and tuneful voice have all combined together to give his music a rare dimension that instantly captures the hearts of the listeners.

Sandipan’s presentation of Khayal and Thumri chiefly characterizes the Kirana Gharana known for its tunefulness, a serene reposeful movement of feeling. Also found in his music the glimpses of the finer nuances of a number of other principal gharanas which goes to enrich his music manifold and which also speaks of a very receptive mindset in him in imbibing anything of quality.

He has been awarded the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskar for the year 2005, instituted by the Sangit Kala Kendra, Mumbai, in recognition of his musical prowess, for more details please visit: http://www.sandipansamajpati.com/

Aparna Balaji

Aparna Balaji has been training in Vocal classical since 1985 primarily from her grandfather Sangeetha Bhushan Shri O.V. Subramaniam. She has also received training from Isai Peroli Neyveli and Shri R. Santanagopalan. She has received numerous prizes and recognition for her musical talents, in India. She has performed extensively in music many concerts in other cities in India and the USA.

She has provided playback singing for the TV serial "Kaiyalavu Manasu" and for the movie "Bharathi". She has released album for Kalavardhani (1999) and "Tribute to Trinity" for MediaDreams (2000), for more details please visit: http://www.abhyaas.com/

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Pravin Sitaram

Pravin Sitaram received his traning in mridangam from Sri P. S. Parameswaran of Bombay. Sri Parameswaran is a disciple of the Late Sri Palghat T. S. Mani Iyer. He accompanied many musicians in Bombay and has participated and won prizes in several competitions.

He has been very active in concert accompaniment of local artists as well as visiting artists from India. He has accompanied Late Dr. Chitti Babu and more recently, Sri T. V. Ramprasad, Mysore Srinath, Smt. Vani Satish, R. Prasanna , Smt. Revathi Ramaswamy, Sri Lalgudi Krishnan and Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi. He has a Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry and resides in the Boston area.

Jyoti Goho

Jyoti Goho is a highly sought-after harmonium artist in India today. The ability to understand and adapt his accompaniment to the mood and spirit of the performance has made him popular amongst all the eminent vocalists. After his intial training under the guidance of Late Sanat Banarjee and thereafter Sri Biren Bose, he bacame a disciple of Sri A.T. Kanan. He developed the art of playing harmonium under the tutelege of Sri Deb Kumar Banarjee. Aided by his knowledge of vocal music, he bloomed into a competent and sensitive harmonium accompanist. He is a full time senior faculty of SRA. The legendary Hindustani vocalist, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi regards Jyoti Goho "very highly as an artist" who is "extremely supportive as a harmonium accompanist."

Pandit Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay

Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay is from a family of musicians of the Vishnupur Gharana of West Bengal. His grandfather was the state musician of Manipur. After receiving his initial training from his father, Pandit Bandopadhyay became the disciple of Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Mishra of the Benares Gharana. He started playing professionally when he was thirteen. He was associated with the All India Radio and later with Delhi University for about seven to eight years.

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Nitin Mitta

Nitin Mitta, an outstanding tabla player, received his early training in Hyderabad from Pandit G. Satyanarayana. He has performed worldwide with some of India's most celebrated and honored musicians – such as Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra, Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Smt. Veena Sahasrabudhe and Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee just to name a few.

His accompaniment – at once dexterous, supportive and spontaneously inventive - combined with the rich repertoire that he has inherited from his guru’s, and the inspiration that he draws from his peers has won him the admiration of music lovers and connoisseurs at an international level, for more details please visit: http://www.nitinmitta.org/

Sanhita Nandi

Sanhita Nandi is an exponent of North Indian Vocal Styles: Khayal and Thumri genres. She was groomed by Pandit A. Kanan; a disciple of Ustad Amir Khan, in Kirana style. She learnt form other Guru’s as well, however, the central motif of her "gayaki" is Kirana.

She lives in South Jersey and teaches music. She has widely performed in the east coast (Annenberg center - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Art Museum, Rutgers University, World Bank Auditorium, and various other classical organizations in India and USA.

An artist of All India Radio in classical and light classical music, she has a Master's degree in History, for more details please visit: http://home.comcast.net/~sjclassical/

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Music Triveni ensemble

Sven Larson - string bass, electric bass, bass pedals, percussion

Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Larson came to Boston 10 years ago and promptly began studying under veteran bass virtuoso Steve Neil (Pharaoh Sanders, McCoy Tyner). With roots in rock & roll and jazz, his tastes have broadened deeply and have led to work with Franc Graham, Four Piece Suit, Jim's Big Ego, Nicole Nelson, and Sarah Brindell, to name a few. In addition to being a co-writing and co-arranging member of Bangalore, Sven is in demand on the national and international blues circuit and has backed such notables as Big Jack Johnson, Junior Watson, James Harmon, Sherman Robertson (Paul Simon's 'Graceland') and Tutu Jones. On top of his free-lance work and teaching, he currently plays full time with blues legend Toni Lynn Washington, and is a member of the rock band The Gulf. Sven has also studied North Indian classical music practice and concepts side by side with Phil under the tutelage of Master vocalists Dr. Pradeep Shukla of the Learnquest Academy in Waltham, MA, and Pt. Vinayak Torvi of Bangalore, India.

Phil Kaplan - guitar, percussion, (occasional) vox

Phil was a founding member of Men & Volts and The Roys, certified (not to mention certifiable) local legends in their day. A prolific songwriter, he has composed for film (Your Own True Self) and theatre (The Maids, The Seagull) had tunes covered by The Incredible Casuals, Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and Ann Richmond Boston (of Atlanta's Swimming Pool Q's). He was for years a member of David Locke's Agbekor Drum and Dance Club, where he absorbed the fundamentals of the music of the Ewe people (West Africa), and has been a lifelong devotee of Hindustani classical music. Born in Paris and into a peripatetic childhood (with a stint in Hong Kong, among other far-flung locales), he is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, has been a happy resident of the Greater Boston area for many years, and has racked up an impressive resume of recordings and performances.

Dave Jamrog

Dave Jamrog has played drums for international artists such as Texas bluesman Sherman Robertson, Grammy Award nominee Mighty Sam McClain, and jazz legend Clark Terry's Big Bad Band (NCL Floating Jazz Festival shared bill with Dizzy Gillespie in 1993).

For the past five years Dave has been playing and touring with 8 time W.C. Handy (A National Blues Award) nominee Toni Lynn Washington, and JazzTimes Magazine featured artist Kate Schutt. Most recent projects include drumming and producing/audio engineering for Bangalore, an Indian and Middle-Eastern influenced improvisational rock trio led by Sven Larson on bass with Phil Kaplan on guitars and other nights with singer/songwriter and Boston Philharmonic Violinist Jeff Louie, also gospel rocking vocalist/guitarist Jen Murdza, In addition to playing, Dave teaches drums and percussion on staff at the Boston Arts Academy, Boston's "Fame" School for the arts, and has two private teaching studios. For more information about Triveni ensemble please visit www.bangaloremusic.net

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