Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 22 Return (of the Son) of Khan

In Indian music of the subcontinent, one of the most noted musicians of our time was the late Ustad Ali Akbar Kahn from Bangladesh. His instrument was the sarod, a fretless stringed instrument, allowing each note to assume an infinite pitch range. He brought Indian music to the West in 1955, at age 33. Establishing a school here, he played and taught almost until his passing at age 88. You can get an idea from this 1981 performance with Ustad Swapan Chaudhuri.

Alam Khan, son and student of the Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, performs tonight on the sarod in Portland, accompanied by Javad Butah on tabla and Josh Feinberg on tamboura. Presented by Timings at The Movement Center Yoga & Meditation, 1021 NE 33rd Avenue. Doors 7PM, Performance 7:30. $20