South Asia Institute Golden Jubilee Series: Indian classical music
Fri, April 22, 2011 • 7:30 PM • Bates Recital Hall
Indian classical music
We are fortunate to have Guest Artist Ken Zuckerman with us this week. Ken, who has taught since 1983 at the Music Conservatory of Basel, is a fantastic musician skilled both in the classical music of India and in medieval music. Zuckerman completed thirty-seven years of training under the rigorous discipline of India’s legendary sarod master, the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and performed with Maestro Khan in numerous concerts in Europe, India, and the United States. As a lutenist Ken Zuckerman was a student of Thomas Binkley, Eugen M. Dombois, Paul O’Dette, and Hopkinson Smith. He is known especially as an expert in the field of improvisation in medieval music and has taught this subject at the Music Conservatory of Basel since 1983. Zuckerman’s extensive research into the practices of improvisation in both western and eastern music have given him a unique perspective on teaching this subject.
On Friday, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, one of the world’s great tabla exponents, will join Ken Zuckerman and myself to present a concert of Indian classical music. Swapan Chaudhuri has not been to Austin for ten years, so this will be a special return appearance by one of India’s most respected masters of the tabla. We will be in Bates Recital Hall, beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, Ken will perform medieval songs, accompanying vocalist Matthew Tatus´, with percussion accompaniment provided by Mohamed Elmasry. The Middle Eastern Ensemble, directed by Professor Sonia Seeman, will round out the evening with a set of mystical and sacred musical pieces. This performance will also begin at 7:30 PM in Bates Recital Hall, and admission is free.