The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mumbai in Massachusetts

Four Sundays in February Event #3

Mumbai in Massachusetts

February 16th  – 2 PM, Academy of Music

General Admission: $15 Advance/$18 Door

An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan - Sitar
Shaid is one of the finest sitar players alive today. His dazzling virtuosity and innovative genius have earned him a legacy as a giant of the sitar. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and enjoys an impeccable pedigree. He is a seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana. Ustadji's global reputation as an awe inspiring performer is complemented by another rare gift - his ability to spread his music as a dedicated and loving guru. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan sums up his mastery of this most intricate art form with a profoundly simple philosophy: "Music is my life" The Arts Council is thrilled to bring a musician of this caliber to Northampton for his first visit.

Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer
Max is 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 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. He joins Aditya Kalyanpur(Tabla) for what will be a dynamic pairing and incredible representation of the newest and freshest interpretation of this classical genre.

Aditya Kalyanpur - Tabla
Is currently the leader of his fusion band Fuzikk, and a member of the world renowned group Bombay Jazz comprised of jazz legends Larry Coryell, George Brooks and Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Ronu Mazumdar. When he is not touring and performing, Kalyanpur dedicates his time as a music teacher and has founded the New England School of Music (NESOM) in Boston, Massachusetts. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries.

Jay Gandhi - Bansuri
A truly outstanding disciple of the world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay initially trained in vocal music under Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar. He is truly blessed to have been studying under the living legend of the bansuri, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, at Brindavan Gurukul in Mumbai since 2006.

Amit  Kavathekar - Tabla
Has been playing Tabla since childhood. A student of the late Deepak Nerukar. He is currently teaching tabla at New England School of Music. His vigorous style is joy to be heard and extremely crowd pleasing.  

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Sponsored by Smith College

Produced by the Northampton Arts Council

Proceeds benefit the 2014 ArtsEZ Grant Round
Four Sundays in February Series Sponsors: Gravity Switch, Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, Lathrop Communities
Four Sundays in February Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, The River/WRSI 93.9 FM, WFCR, WGBY, NCTV, WMUA
Brought to you in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
General Admission Tickets for the Four Sundays in February 2014 Series can be purchased at any of the following ticket outlets until a day before each show:
Cooper’s Corners
31 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
State St. Fruit
51 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Food for Thought Books
106 N Pleasant St,
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-5432
Depending upon availability, tickets are available on the day of the show at the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office

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