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Karsh Kale featuring Alam Khan

March  21, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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Karsh Kale featuring Alam Khan

Classical Science Fiction: An Intimate Sonic Exploration of the Future Sounds of Indian Classical Music

About the Concert

KARSH KALE - Tabla, laptop, keys
BHRIGU SAHNI - Acoustic Guitar
VOCALIST - Vishal Vaid

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Classical Science Fiction, brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale, breaks down the traditional constructs of Indian classical music, while maintaining that music's emphasis on rhythm, scale, and improvisation.

This is not just an exercise in blending various musical traditions. "The effective fusion of styles and repertoire," according to Karsh, "is not dependent on the musical concepts or genres used, but rather the musicians assembled." In this case, Karsh has put together an all-star ensemble of musicians, rooted in their traditional styles, and yet all have created new paths in music. Indian classical, electronica, blues, jazz, rock, and ghazal come together in a seamless blend.

Karsh would be the first to admit that the fusion of Indian classical and other musical traditions is not new. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Remember Shakti, and Tabla Beat Science (of which Karsh is a founding member) have all incorporated Indian classical with genres such as jazz, Western classical, and to lesser extent, electronic music. With Classical Science Fiction, Kale and his collaborators push these boundaries even farther, blending the new Western idioms of 21st century America.

About the Artists

Karsh Kale

Tabla, Keys, Electronics
The fact that "Classical Science Fiction" is Karsh Kale's brainchild is hardly a surprise to his many fans and admirers. More than twelve years ago, Karsh pioneered the sound Asian Massive, conceived in his East Village apartment. It quickly swept into clubs and festivals worldwide. Karsh is a multi-instrumentalist, equally comfortable DJ-ing at the closing night of the Burning Man Festival as he is playing tabla with the late sarangi maestro Ustad Sultan Khan, rock icon Lenny Kravitz, or R&B songstress Alycia Keys. He is at home performing with his childhood hero Ustad Zakir Hussain, or as a member of the super group Tabla Beat Science, or orchestrating and composing for Bollywood films. Six albums, countless remixes, film and television compositions, performances at leading venues globally: Karsh's accomplishments in a twelve-year period are impressive by any measure. Today he is considered by many as the face of the emerging independent music scene in India. Full Bio>>

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Alam Khan


Son of legendary sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Alam has touched the hearts of audiences worldwide for fifteen years. Ali Akbar Khan's careful crafting and guidance shows in each note as well as in Alam's imaginative way of expressing ancient ragas. Alam's performance career began accompanying his father internationally from 1996 to 2006. They played in prestigious venues worldwide. Alam's inner voice began to emerge and grow with his solo career, which began in 1998. He has toured internationally and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan's true heir and the face of a new generation of sarod players.

Alam recently appeared in Play Like a Lion, a film that tells the amazing story of his musical journey, as well as his father's. Alam was the personal assistant to his father during his final years of life, helping him teach at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California-a mecca for students and lovers of Indian classical music. Following his father's wishes, Alam is now the teacher of advanced instrumental and vocal classes at the college and has dedicated his life to preserving, performing, and teaching this music to the world.

Vishal Vaid


Vishal Vaid trained in the traditional art of ghazal (an ancient form of poetry, often performed as song) since he was three years old. Today his performances blend Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary, to create spellbinding music. He has performed throughout the world, appearing on TV in New York, London, India, and Morocco, and has worked with renowned artists Anoushka Shankar, Bill Laswell, and Michael Franti. In addition, he provided vocals to the electronic-oriented band Realize, formed by Karsh Kale.

Brighu Sahni


Currently based in Boston and New York City, Brigu Sahni is a versatile guitarist/composer. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Bhrigu Sahni has had the honor of playing with artists such as Grammy-award-winning Angelique Kidjo, Neo-soul artist/bass player Meshell Ndegeocello, Punjabi folk star Arif Lohar, and Michael McDonald of Doobie Brothers fame. His musical performances have taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall; the Asia Society in New York; and the TED Talks Conference at the World Trade Center, Boston.

TM Financial Forensics has awarded a grant to CIIS Public Programs and Performances to undertake an outreach project in collaboration with the All Stars Project. The All Stars Project is a national organization that creates extracurricular educational and performing arts opportunities for thousands of young people, emphasizing the acquisition of developmental tools that make learning interesting. All Stars Project participants will receive prime orchestra-level seating at three concerts from the spring 2013 season. All Stars students will also meet artists for private question-and-answer sessions before each concert.

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