University of California, Riverside
A Santoor and Tabla Lecture/Demonstration that will cover the topics of Raga, Taal, and improvisation within Indian Classical Music.
San Diego CA
Crown Dance Theater
9474 Black Mountain Road
Three performances/One night. Special Guest Rahis Khan will join Arnab, Shahbaz, Kamaljeet, and Jas to sing Ghazals.
Pasadena City College
A double header Indian Classical Performance.
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Arnab Chakrabarty is a distinguished exponent of the notoriously difficult Sarod – a fretless lute native to India. Arnab represents the musical lineage of the renowned classicist Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra (1917-1981). He is a disciple of the late Dr. Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), one of the most distinguished pupils of Pandit Maitra. Chakrabarty has also received early musical training from Sri Buddhadev Dasgupta also a pupil of Maitra, and vocal instruction from the late Pandit Yeshwantbua Joshi of Mumbai.
With nearly 30 years of musical studies and 18 years as a performer, Arnab is a seasoned artist with an enviable repertoire of ragas and hundreds of traditional vocal and instrumental compositions. However, what makes Arnab stand out among his peers is a blend of catholic taste and unpredictable flights of melodic imagination. This ensures that Arnab’s music is never stale.
In the past decade, Arnab has given concerts across India, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Some of these venues include the Tata Theatre, NCPA (Mumbai), Sangeet Natak Akademi Festivals, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Trafó Theatre (Budapest), and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Arnab has two solo albums to his credit, of which, An Ode to the Sarode (2012) is the most recent, featuring traditional ragas Poorvi, Gaud Sarang and Khamaj. His music can also be heard on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into Brothels – Calcutta’s Red Light Children (2005).
Chakrabarty holds a dual degree in Music and Political Science from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts from where he graduated in 2002.
Shahbaz began his grooming in the art of tabla at age five with his father, the late Ustad Mumtaz Hussain – a prominent vocalist. He later went on to study with tabla legends Ustad Faiyaz Khan from the Delhi Gharana (school), the late Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan from the Punjab Gharana and finally the late Ustad Allah Rakha Khan.
Shahbaz is an extremely versatile tabla player. He has mastered all the imperative traditional skills as well as the ability to project those skills to more contemporary styles. His solo performances have gained great recognition all over the world. He is also much sought after for his accompaniment skills by many of the great masters musicians of India & Pakistan – including Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia and ghazal legend Ghulam Ali to name but a few.
Shahbaz regularly travels across the world to present performances, including throughout Europe, North America & the Asian subcontinent. He has performed in many prestigious venues, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Lincoln Center in New York and London’s Royal Albert & Queen Elizabeth Halls. His band, Indus, has received critical acclaim for their debut album Firefly and they continue to tour the UK & internationally.
Shahbaz is also passionate about passing on the knowledge of tabla to others. He is a dedicated teacher and regularly teaches across the country, including at the University of Newcastle and the University of Huddersfield.
Kamaljeet Ahluwalia is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. Having learned from the Maestro Harjinderpal Singh and now continuing her studies with the legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, she uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns.
American-born Jas Ahluwalia studied the illustrious Tabla under the world renowned Ustad Tari Khan. Jas has learnt the Tabla in the traditional Ustad/Shagird relationship which entails a deep bond between master and disciple. Entrenched in the classical mode of training, he is utterly conversant in a variety of genres and is a favorite accompanist amongst touring musicians and an accomplished solo Tabla artist.
Two musical paths merged into one when Kamaljeet and Jas were married in late 2011. Together, Kamaljeet and Jas founded the Art and Music Production company Absolute Focus. Through Absolute Focus, they have developed an international clientele and have written and produced music for live concerts, commercial advertising, album production, video games, theatrical trailers, and film/television scores,. Their latest film credits include Sundance Audience Award winner Circumstance, Sean Hacket’s Homecoming, Igor Voloshin’s Beodouin, Cannes Film Festival Award winner Brahmin Bulls, Sundance Film Institute’s Himalaya Song, and Toronto Film Festival selection Nari. Their recent performances include collaborations with Grammy winner Osvaldo Golijov at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Dub Orchestra, famed Dexter and Tron composer Joseph Trapanese, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Talvin Singh, Amritha Vaz, and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan.
Despite their innovative projects, Kamaljeet and Jas remain true to their Indian Classical Roots. They continue to perform Indian classical concerts throughout North America, Europe, India, Africa, and Asia to an ever growing fan following. Kamaljeet and Jas have brought their spiritually rooted relationship to the stage and have developed a rapport than can only come from a true understanding of one another. Their performances are an instrumental Indian Classical journey that takes audiences from meditative introspection to dazzling energy-filled heights.
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