Saturday | August 17 | 6:30 pm
STEVE GORN & FRIENDS | An Evening of Indian Ragas
Steve Gorn, bansuri flute
Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, sitar, and
Samir Chatterjee, tabla.
Steeped in the essence of classical Indian tradition, Steve Gorn brings to this music a contemporary world-music sensibility. He took his first steps on this path as a young jazz musician studying composition at Penn State. Steve has brought his elegant bamboo bansuri sound to American pop music, influencing a wide range of musicians and recording with Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Paul Winter, Glen Velez, and many others. He has composed for film, television, dance, and theater, and has performed in concerts and festivals throughout the world, drawing from classical Indian, jazz, and world music to create a distinctive signature sound.
Sitarist Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is head of the department of instrumental music at Bharati University in Kolkata and director of the Tagore Centre of Documentation and Research of Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments. He has held positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Alberta, the University of Colorado, and the University of Chicago as well as a number of universities in India. He is currently involved in an international music collaboration with Canadian pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn. As a sitarist, Pt. Bandopadhyay has produced ten CDs and a DVD. He has performed widely in India and on the American, European, and African continents.
Pt. Samir Chatterjee, tabla, has performed around the world as a soloist and with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and Western traditions. He performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed, as are his writings. Pt. Chatterjee is an A-rated artist of the national radio and television of India. He is featured on numerous recordings as soloist, accompanying many of India’s greatest musicians, and in collaboration with Western musicians of outstanding caliber. He has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with jazz, classical, and avant-garde musicians and ensembles. He is a member of the jazz trio SYNC and the quintet Inner Diaspora with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander, and is the composer and director of Nacho Nacho – Gypsy Storyteller, Chhand-Anand World Percussion Ensemble, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond. Pt. Chatterjee is the founder and director of Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He is on the faculty at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Pittsburgh, and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Sunday | August 18 | 4 pm
BORROMEO STRING QUARTET
Bach: “St. Anne” fugue for organ BWV 552,
arranged for string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen
Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2
Dvorak: String Quartet in G major, Op. 106
Since its debut in 1989, the Borromeo String Quartet has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. The Borromeo performs regularly in the most illustrious concert halls around Europe and the United States, with appearances at most major festivals. For more than twenty years, the ensemble has been quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, where the group’s informal public master class series regularly attracts standing-room-only crowds. The Borromeo’s long-standing residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been called by the Boston Globe “one of the defining experiences of civilization in Boston.” The musicians are regular guests on NPR.
The Borromeo is redefining the classical music landscape through the pioneering use of computers that enable each musician to perform entirely from four-part scores instead of individual parts, a revealing and transformative experience that has never before been possible. WGBH, Boston’s famed NPR station, said that the players are “champions of new music…but they also thrive on making the old classics sound vital and fresh.”
The Borromeo Quartet have received many awards throughout their illustrious 24-year career, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Martin E. Segal Award, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and top prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. In 2006, the Aaron Copland House created the Borromeo Quartet Award, an annual initiative that premieres the work of important young composers. In 2003 the Borromeo pioneered its Living Archive Recorded Performance Series, making it possible to order on-demand DVDs and CDs of most of its concerts around the world.
Featured image of the Borromeo String Quartet by Christian Steiner.
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