World-renowned Indian classical musician Ustad Khan to perform "East meets West" concert at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-09-25 13:21:41 - General

World-renowned Indian classical musician Maestro Ustad Khan will perform with three other musicians playing traditional Indian instruments in an "East meets West" musical-fusion concert at Coe College. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium in Marquis Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Khan is universally acknowledged as a leading sitar player of his time, transcending musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. 

He has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven, and was the youngest performer ever to play on All-India Radio at the age of 13. His virtuosity has been compared to such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix by the Chicago Sun Times and J.S. Bach by the Washington Times, because of the ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of his rich musical heritage.

At Coe, Khan will be joined by Tamar Dart (guitar and vocal), Mike Corso (bass guitar) and Matthew Megraw (tabla). The quartet will perform classical Indian music from the 16th century to the present day. In addition, selections will utilize both traditional Indian instruments and instruments from Western cultures, thus bridging the different cultures. Music for the second half of the concert will be based on the poetry of Rhumi and Hazrat Ameer Khusru.

Khan's trademark sitar playing is lyrical, which is evident in all his music. He masterfully extends this lyricism into further developing his family's hallmark sitar and surbahar playing, pioneered by his forefathers in an unbroken lineage of seven generations.

Exemplifying the humanity and universality of music, Khan has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom, but has also worked with diverse musical styles such as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, jazz and Flamenco. His sensitive phrasing and remarkable intuition have led to collaborations with the world's leading performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Pena and Evelyn Glennie.

Khan has performed at major venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He performed the concerto "Gate of the Moon" with the BBC Welsh Philharmonic Orchestra in a sold-out concert at Royal Albert Hall in London in August 2013.

Also in 2013, Khan composed a live soundtrack for the black and whitefilm from the silent era, Franz Osten's "Throw of Dice," for the 100-Year Celebration of Indian Cinema. Commissioned by the government of India, this premiere was held at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Khan recently composed for his first Bollywood film – "Yeh Saali Zindagi" – with the acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra.

The performance is sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe and is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the organization. For more information, call 319-399-8521.