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Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction

April  11, 2014
8:00 pm


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Karsh Kale: Classical Science Fiction

Karsh Kale, described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer", is known as a pioneer in the world of global fusion . His career has gone through many avatars over the past 15 years as he jumps between being a world renowned tabla player, drummer, DJ/ remix artist, vocalist and multi instrumentalist, film composer, as well as a band leader all with equal ease. He has produced five solo albums of which his most recent "CINEMA" , won the best fusion album award in India at the GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Itunes World Music charts . Karsh Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre bending collaborator which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe including his musical hero Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Laswell, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Jojo Meyer, Ustaad Sultan Khan, Midival Punditz, DJ Spooky and many many others. He was recently invited to perform at the White House and was introduced by President Obama himself.

"Karsh Kale mixes eclectic beats with the sounds of his heritage to make a sound that is distinctly his own".

                                                                                                           -President Barack Obama

Alam Khan, son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for the past 15 years. Since his initial training into the Maihar Seni Gharana at the age of seven, Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan's careful crafting and guidance shows in each note as well as in Alam's imaginative way of expressing the ancient ragas passed down from the courts of Emperor Akbar by Mian Tansen in the 16th century. Alam's performance career was introduced to the world when he began accompanying his father onstage, internationally, from 1996 to 2006. They played in such prestigious venues as the Royal Jodhpur Palace, the Dover Lane Music Festival in Calcutta, and New York's Lincoln Center Jazz festival, as well as highly acclaimed concerts all over the United States, Canada, Europe and India.Along with accompanying his esteemed father , sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Alam's inner voice began to emerge and grow with his solo career, which began in 1998. He has toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan's true heir and the face of a new generation of Sarode players, attracting praise and attention from musical icons such as Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar, Carlos Santana, Slide Guitarist Derek Trucks, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, and many more of India's finest musicians....

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Max ZT - Lauded as the "Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR, and a "Force of nature" by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Aditya Prakash, an American born Indian classical vocalist, draws his musical inspiration from his eclectic environment. Although firmly rooted in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, his music is heavily motivated from his love for North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical and jazz, which he brings out in his collaborative projects. The depth of Carnatic music allows for him to bridge the gap between this rich, ancient art form and today's interconnected, diverse environment. Aditya has performed with great artists like Pandit Ravi Shankar , Anoushka Shankar and Ustad Shujaat Khan to name a few.


Friday, April 11, 2014
Nourse Theater, San Francisco
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Nourse Theater
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