Partha Bose: Ragas Live Festival 2018 – Podcast 297

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Today we share the first of 24 sets recorded at the Ragas Live Festival 2018 Partha Bose (sitar) and Aditya Narayan Banerjee (tabla) played a late morning raga at 10am, recorded and broadcast from Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  

The Ragas Live Festival will return to Pioneer Works October 19-20th 2019!

Born on January 21,1962, Partha Bose was initiated to the Sitar at the age of six and thereafter underwent intensive training in the tradition of Guru-Shishya parampara under the tutelage of Pandit Monoj Shankar of the famous Maihar Gharana. 

Partha has received overwhelming appreciation from  connoisseurs and critics of Hindustani classical music 
in India and abroad over two decades now. 

He has been a distinguished performer on radio and television and was invited by the Government of India
to lead a cultural delegation to African countries on the historic occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of India’s Independence.

His concert tours to the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Middle East & Bangladesh have featured him in major international festivals as well as reputed universities : in performances, workshops, lecture-demonstrations and teaching sessions.

Aditya Narayan Banerjee is an M.A. in Instrumental Music (percussion) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He was born in 1970 in a musical family. His father and sister both are sarod players. His uncle Sri B.B. Banerjee was a senior most disciple of Pandit Ravishankarji and A graded musician of AIR, New Delhi.

Aditya turned to tabla an early age of five when he started his training under guidance of Sri Shivshankar Karmakar, a prominent disciple of Late Ustad Karamatullah Khan of Farukhabad Gharana.

Aditya Narayan Banerjee: Since 1990 he has been under able guidance of the great tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Choudhuri, a great Exponent of Lucknow Gharana.

Paul Winter and the Summer Solstice – Podcast 296

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 Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth. 5 years after our first conversation before the Winter Solstice, we reconnect with Paul Winter, this time as the Summer Solstice is arriving.

 The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife. 

His 24 Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is coming up, a Sunrise set on June 22nd 2019.

Dennis McNally – Podcast 295

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With cameos from the Hell’s Angels, the CIA, and the Beat Poets, the Grateful Dead’s adventures encapsulates the story of American counter-culture.

We explore this history with Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: the Inside Story of the Grateful Dead as revealed to him during a dozen years on the road with the band, extensive interviews with both central and tangential characters, and, a mountain of research.  Ben Ratliff writes in the New York Times, that Dennis “had more access to his subjects and their trails of paper, recording tape and roach clips than almost all previous rock biographers.”

Dennis is also the author of Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation & America
and the powerful Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.