- March 21, 2013
- 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Classical Science Fiction: An Intimate Sonic Exploration of the Future Sounds of Indian Classical Music
About the Concert
KARSH KALE - Tabla, laptop, keys
ALAM KHAN - Sarod
BHRIGU SAHNI - Acoustic Guitar
VOCALIST - Vishal Vaid
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
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>>