Music & Science Concert & Presentation


Music & Science Concert & Presentation

CBIS auditorium

November 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sitar virtuoso Shakir Khan will present a concert of Hindustani Classical music, Friday Nov. 21st at 7:00 PM at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium. Khan will be accompanied by veteran Tabla player Ray Spiegel, and Arts Prof. Curtis Bahn on Tanpura.  The concert is free and open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Khan’s visit is part of a new initiative contemplating intersections between the Sciences and Music, co-sponsored by the school of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
The first Music and Science presentation will take place at the CBIS auditorium from noon to 1:00 Nov. 20th featuring Khan demonstrating the practice of aural transmission in Guru/Shishya Parampara, the tradition and lineage of knowledge in Hindustani classical music.  Aural transmission trains and develops a student’s memory and recognition of musical patterns and phrases.  Arts Prof. Curtis Bahn, a Sitar student of Khan’s father Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, will participate in the demonstration receiving a short lesson where musical phrases will be developed into longer passages and compositions. The presentation will be introduced with a short discussion of “embodied knowledge,” by Arts Prof. Tomie Hahn, author of “Sensational Knowledge, Embodying Culture Through Japanese Dance.”    Khan will end the presentation with short performance in anticipation of his concert at CBIS Nov. 21st at 7:00. Tea and light refreshments will follow in the CBIS Auditorium Gallery.

Shakir Khan is acclaimed as one of the most sensitive and dynamic young classical sitar players internationally, energetically following in the musical footsteps of his prodigious father and Guru  the sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Like his father, Shakir Khan stands out for his exquisite melodic exposition, his intricate and sophisticated sense of rhythm, and his astonishing flawless instrumental technique.  Shakir is an incredibly warm, charismatic and open performer who has ably adapted his knowledge and skill in Indian classical music to contemporary collaborations including performances and recordings with the European Jazz ensemble “Taalism,” and Indian bands "Mukti" and "Soundscape."
Shakir represents the eighth generational link in an unbroken chain of musical talent and tradition poured exclusively into the sitar and surbahar. A chain that includes,  besides  his  father,  the  musical  legacy  of  Ustad  Aziz  Khan  (Shakir’s paternal grandfather), and that of the patriarchal surbaharist Ustad Wahid Khan (Shakir’s great grandfather). He is also a close blood relative of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan.
Ray Spiegel began his study tabla from the age of thirteen. His teachers are Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain,
Sri B.S. Ramanna, and Pt. Shankar Ghosh. Ray has performed in accompaniment and solo tabla in the major cities of India,
and other countries and the USA.  He has recorded numerous albums with Indian classical artists, as well as rock, jazz, and
Indo-fusion recordings.  Ray founded the record label, Simla House, Inc., and resides in the Hudson Valley.

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