Musical Performance: Falu & Gaurav Shah

Fri, October 13, 2006 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Friday, October 13, 9:00 PM $15 ($10 for students with valid ID; $8 for children under 12)

To the third concert in the Ramadan series ALWAN FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC

Indian Devotional Music With


Born Falguni Shah in Bombay into a family of classically-trained vocalists, Falu has devoted up to 16 hours a day honing her singing since the age of three. In the mid-1990s while in India she won gold medals in three national-level competitions geared toward young rising classical and semi-classical vocalists. She later became an initiateddisciple of legendary sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan. In 2000 she moved to the United States and began recording and performing with several contemporary artists including Grammy-nominated producer David Nichtern/Dharma Moon, Asian Massive leader Karsh Kale, legendary jazz drummer Kenwood Dennard and the popular Indo-American band Karyshma. In2004 she was invited to be a solo Indian classical vocalist in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. Since 2005 she has served as an ambassador of Indian Music from Carnegie Hall, where her debut family concert at Zankel Hall in May 2006 was sold out. While she continues to perform her classical repertoire throughout the states, her and her namesake band's emerging signature sound draws freely from both East and West.

Gaurav Shah is a vocalist and songwriter who possesses an ability to seamlessly blend Indian classical/semi-classical music and American songwriting. After an introduction to Indian music from flute master Pandit Ronu Majumdar as well as several years of training in Western classical piano, he turned to singing and became an initiated disciple of Ustad Sultan Khan alongside Falu. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he co-founded the band Karyshma. He now lives in New York and works closely with Falu as a co-singer and songwriter.

Aditya Kalyanpur Aditya is one of the most talented tabla players of his generation. He is a favorite disciple of the late Ustad Alla Rakha, and one of the foremost students of Ustad Zakir Hussain. At the age of 11 he performed on stage alongside his legendary teachers, and since then he has created an international reputation with a list of performance collaborationsthat includes Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Sultan Khan and UstadShahid Parvez. He currently divides his time between the United States and India.

Mark Tewarson Guitarist and songwriter who was featured on the cover of India Today Magazine as a promising upcoming crossover musician and is also a former recipient of the John Lennon Best Songwriter Award presented by Yoko Ono. Soumya Chatterjee Violinist extraordinaire who also co-founded Karyshma while at Harvard with Gaurav and has a rare singing and songwriting ability that draws from elements of both Western and Indian classical as well as Western folk/rock traditions.

Soumya Chatterjee violinist extraordinaire who also co-founded Karyshma while at Harvard with Gaurav and has a rare singing and songwriting ability that draws from elements of both Western and Indianclassical as well as Western folk/rock traditions.

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