October 08, 2009


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series will present a concert of North Indian classical music (Hindustani Sangeet) on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Indian tabla master Samir Chatterjee and his wife, Indian vocalist and harmonium player Sanghamitra Chatterjee, will present Dhamar Taal, a 14-beat rhythmic cycle, and Tintaal, a 16-beat rhythmic cycle.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing series of both world music and experimental new music concerts, funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

"This concert presents a rare opportunity for our community to experience this virtuosic drumming tradition in an intimate setting," said Bethany Collier, assistant professor of music at Bucknell. "Samir and Sanghamitra Chatterjee are world-class performers. It's a real honor to welcome them to our campus this month."

Samir ChatterjeeSamir Chatterjee also will present a lecture-demonstration earlier in the day, discussing the history, technique, theory and practice of North Indian classical music.

He will demonstrate a variety of techniques on the tabla and welcome questions from the audience. This event, also free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall.

Virtuoso tabla player
Pandit Samir Chatterjee travels worldwide throughout the year, performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions.

He performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2007, and can be heard on numerous recordings.

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Myra Melford, Steve Gorn, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant-garde musicians and ensembles. For more information, visit www.tabla.org/samir.html

Featured vocalist
Sanghamitra Chatterjee is one of the leading vocalists of India in the fields of light and light classical music. She has performed as an individual as well as a group musician with Chhandayan, the Battery Dance Company of New York and Kathak Ensemble of New York, and at notable venues including the Smithsonian Institute, Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History both in New York and Washington, Lotus Fine Arts Center and Kansas University. She has toured in Poland, the Bahamas and the whole of India and Sri Lanka.

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