Ehren Hanson (Tabla), Sameer Gupta (Tabla), Andrew Shantz (Harmonium).
1 am – 2 am from our Ragas Live Festival.
Ehren Hanson has been playing tabla for over 17 years. A disciple of the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, he is an active performer as both a soloist and an accompanist. His recent review in the “Times of India,” Kolkata called his solo performace “enthralling.”
Sameer Gupta is an original artist within improvisational styles of jazz, world, and fusion music. Since 10 years old, he has lived in Japan, New York, the Bay Area, and visited India annually. Today his skills and musicianship are appreciated globally. He has played drumset at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Birla Auditorium in Kolkata. He has played tabla at Asagiri Jam Japan and presented a lecture on Classical Indian music at Berkelee College of Music in Boston. Playing a hybrid of both tabla and drumset simultaneously, Sameer is pushing the boundaries of possibilities. He has the distinguished honor today of studying with tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Kolkata, with his first few years spent under the guidance of the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussein. Sameer can be heard live and on recording with such known artists as Marc Cary, The Supplicants, Roy Hargrove, Pt. Ramesh Misra, Pt. Chitresh Das, Richard Howell, Prasant Radhkrishnan, Marcus Shelby, Parijat Desai, Stephen Kent, Sekou Sundiata and numerous other fine artists.
Neel Murgai is a multi-instrumental performer, composer and teacher from New York City. He is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His life long journey into the depth and beauty of sitar and Indian classical music began with Ravindra Goswami in Banaras, 16 years ago. For the past 10 years Neel has studied with his guru and mentor, Pundit Krishna Bhatt. His interest in music began at a young age with trombone and guitar. While obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering, Neel worked as a radio DJ, hosting an international music program. This fostered in him an abiding interest in music from around the world. He went on to live in India, immersing himself in the music and culture of his parent’s homeland. Upon returning to the U.S. Neel began a career in music. In addition to sitar, he has since learned to play daf (Persian frame drum) with Soheil Zolfonun and kanjira with V. Nagarajan in Chennai. He has studied overtone singing with the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and Harmonic Choir member, Timothy Hill. Western composition, Neel studied with Edgar Grana.
While dedicated to Indian classical music, Neel is also interested in creating an original music that is rooted in his many influences and studies. The Neel Murgai Ensemble is a product of many years of thought about the ideal instrumentation to advance his compositions.
Dave Eggar is a cello virtuoso and one of our most frequent guests at WKCR – I am posting this short podcast up now because he’ll be performing live today 6-9pm on May 2, 2012! A prodigy, he first played with Metropolitan Opera at the age of 7. He is not limited by genres, his latest album, Kingston Morning features legend of bluegrass Ralph Stanley, and reggae legends Sly and Robbie and Luciano. He’s performed and recorded across the spectrum from Beyonce to Bon Jovi to Lucinda Williams to Michael Brecker. This sweet version of “Bird Cage” capped off an extended jam at WKCR.
This group features Tom Perozzi on Bass and Chuck Palmer on drums.
Here’s video of another performance of Dave and the Quartet on our show.