• Monday, Oct 11, 2010

    Carnegie Hall Presents Acclaimed Indian and Persian Music Trio, Ghazal Ensemble, in Zankel Hall




    On Friday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall presents Ghazal Ensemble, three virtuoso musicians from Iran and India, who bring together the closely related traditions of Indian and Persian improvisational music. The trio creates spellbinding improvisations that link the classical styles of their two countries. Ghazal, a name that refers to poetry in Persian and to a form of sung poetry in North India, features renowned Indian sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan; Kayhan Kalhor, an Iranian master of the kamancheh (spiked fiddle); and Samir Chatterjee, a virtuoso of the Indian tabla (percussion). This concert, presented in partnership with the World Music Institute, marks a rare New York appearance for the group.

    The relationship between the classical music of India and Iran stretches back thousands of years to the silk trade route, where ideas of modal scales, rhythmic cycles, and traditional melodic contours were exchanged. Despite the differences between the Persian classical music system, dastgah, and the Indian system, raga, there are several scales in both where the intervals overlap, and Ghazal Ensemble’s elaborate improvisations serve to highlight the music's common ground. The result is, according to The New York Times, “music that can be meditative or dazzlingly virtuosic.” The group’s cross-cultural music was first unveiled by Shujaat Husain Khan and Kayhan Kalhor in 1997 with Lost Songs of The Silk Road. This debut recording was hailed by Billboard as "world music at its best" and by The Village Voice as "arguably the year's best world music album." Tours and follow-up recordings resulted in As Night Falls on The Silk Road in 1998 and Moon Rise Over The Silk Road in 2000. The group's fourth album—Grammy award-nominated The Rain, was released by EMC in 2003.

    About the Artists
    Shujaat Husain Khan
    is a highly expressive sitarist who has become one of the leading Indian classical musicians of his generation. Son and disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, he belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana (school) and is the seventh in an unbroken line of a family that has produced many musical masters. He performs in the gayaki ang style, which is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Khan began playing sitar at the age of three and gave his first public performance at the age of six. Over the past two decades he has appeared at all the major music festivals in India and toured throughout Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe, playing at such prestigious venues as Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall, and Congress Hall in Berlin. Mr. Khan has over 50 musical releases on various international labels, and the successful Khandan video. In 2001, he received the national Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Sammaan, India’s highest award for a classical musician under the age of 45. He has been a visiting professor at the Dartington School of Music in England, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh. Born in Tehran, Iran, he began his musical studies at the age of seven. He performed with the prestigious National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran and the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center while still a teenager. He has since performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists and singers, including Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri, and toured the world as a soloist. Kalhor co-founded the ensembles Dastan, Ghazal, and Masters of Persian Music and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He was the featured soloist on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth, a score on which he collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov. In 2004, he gave a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of American composer John Adams’s “In Your Ear” series and, later that year, shared a double bill at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Kalhor is an original member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and his works are heard on all of the ensemble’s albums. His Silent City CD with the innovative ensemble Brooklyn Rider was released in 2008 on the World Village label and reached the Billboard World Music Top 20.

    Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla player who travels widely, performing as a soloist and with musicians from both Indian and Western musical traditions. He is a premiere artist of the national radio and television of India and can be heard on numerous recordings. He performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007 and since June 2008 has worked relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. Mr. Chatterjee has taught for the last 35 years and is the founder-director of Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He authored the comprehensive A Study of Tabla and Music of India. He has taught at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Pittsburgh, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the University of Bridgeport. In addition, he has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, and Bhimsen Joshi, among others. A catalyst in the fusion of Indian and non-Indian music, he has worked with artists and ensembles ranging from Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, and Ravi Coltrane to the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Boston Philharmonic. Mr. Chatterjee is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho, which combine Indian and flamenco dance and music.

    Program Information
    Friday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    Ghazal Ensemble

    Shujaat Husain Khan, Sitar and Vocals
    Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh
    Samir Chatterjee, Tabla

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $38 and $46, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

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