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Alam Khan – Maestro Ali Akbar Khan Birthday Celebration
April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25 – $30
General admission unreserved seating with additional standing room tickets available
$30 advance/$35 day of show – seated tickets (tables)
$25 advance/$30 day of show – standing room
Co-presented with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Opening act: Om Gam Ensemble
Son of the legendary sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for over a decade. For this special concert celebrating what would have been his father’s 95th birthday, he will be joined by Nitin Mitta on tabla. Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan’s careful crafting and guidance show in each note as well as in Alam’s imaginative way of expressing ancient ragas. He has toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan’s true heir and the face of a new generation of sarod players.
Ali Akbar Khan was a legendary Hindustani classical musician and sarod virtuoso. Along with fellow artists such as Ravi Shankar, Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in California in 1967 at which Alam is now the teacher of advanced instrumental classes.
Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dymanic soloist, he is a sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians including Pandit Jasraji, Amjad Ali Khan, and Nishat Khan.
Opening this concert will be the Om Gam Ensemble, led by bassist and composer Michael Gam. A saught after and versatile musician, Michael has performed with luminary musicians from a variety of traditions including world-class jazz musicians trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Tigran Hamasyan, and guitarist Rez Abassi, classical violin virtuoso Hillary Hahn, Afro-Cuban master percussionist Roman Diaz, and Indian classical maestros sitarist Pt. Krishna Bhatt and ghatam/konnakol artist Sri Subash Chandran. Michael initiated his ongoing study of Indian classical music in 2009 at the Ali Akbar College of Music and is also a core member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Indian Music Series.