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Ken Zuckerman & Swapan Chaudhuri – “Salon de Musique”

November 25 & 26, 2016, 8 PM and November 27, 11 AM, in the “Salon de Musique” of the Ali Akbar College, Birmannsgasse 42.

Ken Zuckerman – Sarod, and Swapan Chaudhuri – Tabla, will present 3 intimate concerts of the classical ragas and talas of North India.

Tickets:
1 concert – Fr. 38.- (Students) Fr. 25.-
2 concerts- Fr. 65.- (Students) Fr. 40.-
3 concerts- Fr. 90.- (Students) Fr. 55.-

Please be sure to make reservations in advance, either by email (info@aliakbarcollege.org), or by calling the reservation phone line (061 273 93 02).

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For more information about Ken Zuckerman, please visit his website.

For more information about Swapan Chaudhuri, please visit his website.

The “Salon de Musique” gives listeners a unique opportunity to enjoy the subtleties of Indian music in an intimate atmosphere unencumbered by microphones, loudspeakers and crowded halls – an atmosphere similar to that which flourished in India for centuries under the patronage of the royal courts.


Recent Past Concerts:


Ustad Shujaat Khan – Sitar, September 27th, in the Salon de Musique

It is a pleasure to announce this unique concert of one of India’s premier Sitar maestros, Ustad Shujaat Khan, accompanied by Nihar Mehta on Tabla. Shujaat Khan is the son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, one of the great Sitar virtuoso’s of the 20th Century.

It will be a rare treat to listen to this incredible musician in the intimate setting of the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College in Basel. As the concert will be sold out, please reserve your tickets very soon, either by email: info@aliakbarcollege.org or by the telephone reservation line: 061 273 93 02. The concert will begin at 19.30, Sunday, September 27th, 2015.

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For more information about Shujaat Khan, please visit his website.

For more information about Nihar Mehta, please visit his website.

E-Mail Reservations: info@aliakbarcollege.org


Improvisations – Ken Zuckerman & Swapan Chaudhuri

November 22, 2014, 8 PM at the Music Academy of Basel Switzerland

Ken Zuckerman – Sarod, and Swapan Chaudhuri – Tabla, will present an evening of improvisations in the classical ragas and talas of North India.

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For more information about Ken Zuckerman, please visit his website.

For more information about Swapan Chaudhuri, please visit his website.


Bansuri flute recital featuring Rupak Kulkarni – October 25th, 2014

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We are very happy to welcome these fine artists for a recital in the Salon de Musique.

For more information about Rupak Kulkarni, please visit his website.

For more information about Shrirang Mirajkar, please visit his website.


Sitar Concert with Josh Feinberg & Harprit Singh – Tabla

April 4, 2014, 8:00 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

We are happy to announce that Josh Feinberg, a highly gifted artist trained at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, will present a sitar recital. He will be accompanied by Harprit Singh, our assistant tabla teacher at the Ali Akbar College in Basel.

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Josh Feinberg ist ein junger und hochbegabter Sitar Spieler. Er wurde in den USA geboren und hat seine Studien sowohl im Jazz wie auch in der klassischen indischen Musik betrieben. Er hat Sitar am Ali Akbar College of Music in Kalifornien studiert. Nach dem Tod von Ali Akbar Khan in 2009 hat er seine Studien mit den Söhnen von Maestro Khan (Ashish Khan und Alam Khan) weitergeführt. Er hat schon zahlreiche Konzerte gemacht, sowie 2 CD Produktionen mit den Tabla Virtuosen Swapan Chaudhuri und Anindo Chatterjee. Er unterrichtet indische Musik am Lewis and Clark College und am Reed College in Oregon. Er hat auch ein Lehrbuch “Sitar method“ mit einem der wichtigsten Musik-Verlage (Hal Leonard Corporation) veröffentlicht. Mehr Informationen über Josh Feinberg findet man auf seiner Webseite www.joshfeinbergmusic.com .


Recital: George Ruckert – sarod & Daniel Bradley – sitar

November 20, 2013, 8:15 PM at the Music Academy of Basel Switzerland

It is a pleasure that this years’ seminar will also include a recital of our special guest teachers, Professor George Ruckert – Sarod and Daniel Bradley – Sitar. The recital will also include an opening piece by one of our youngest sarod students, Parthiv Kangsabanik.

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Student Concert

June 29, 2013, 5:30 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

We are happy to announce that students of the College will present a recital. Everyone is welcome to come and see their progress!

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Abir Singh Khangura – Esraj Recital on May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013, 8 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Abir Singh Khangura, Apurba Mukherjee – Tabla will present an evening program of North Indian classical music.

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Abir Singh Khangura belongs to the musical lineage of his Father Prof. Mohan Singh Khangura, disciple of Pandit Dhruvatara Joshi of Agra Gharana and Pandit Asesh Bandopadhyay of Vishnupur Gharana and his Mother Smt Suchismita Singh. Born in Shantiniketan, Abir began his Esraj training from Sri Ranadhir Roy, disciple of Pandit Asesh Bandopadhyay. After the untimely demise of his guru, Abir continued with Sri Buddhadev Das of the same tradition. Later he had the good fortune to receive training from Dr. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury, disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of the Maihar Gharana. Along with receiving a national scholarship from Governement of India, Abir has received many awards including the junior fellowship in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. Abir has travelled extensively in India, Bangladesh, Europe and U.S.A, with his music and teaching.

Apurba Mukherjee is a bright and talented Tabla player in the world of Indian Classical Music. As a disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh, he has performed widely in India and abroad, accompanying well known musicians of the country including Ustad Saiuddin Dagar, Smt Purnima Sen, Smt Sanjukta Ghosh, Sri Sanjoy Banerjee, Sri Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, Sri Partho Sarothi, Sri Kushal Das, Sri Partha Bose and others. Besides performing in important concerts in India, he has also performed in major festivals and concerts abroad including the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The Esraj

The Esraj (Israj), a stringed instrument played with bow, is hardly known outside Bengal (Vishnupur and Santiniketan). In the 17th this instrument was referred to as the ‘BALASARASWATHI’ in South India, although the construction of the instrument and bow was a little different from Esraj.

In 19th century Baba Allauddin Khansahib used Esraj in his famous Orchestra in Maihar. The construction of the instrument was same but there was no peacock ornament on the peg box. In late 19th Century Sri Surendra Chandra Bondopadhyaya, uncle of the famous Esraj player of Visnupur Gharana Pandit Ashesh Chandra Bondopadyaya, brought about the major changes in holding the instrument. Now the instrument was played in a straight position on the lap instead of a tilted one. Also he brought about some major changes in holding and playing with the bow.


Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan – Vocal Recital on May 11, 2013

May 11, 2013, 8 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan – Vocal, Sankar P. Choudhury – Tabla, and Hares Khan – Harmonium will present a program of Indian classical and Sufi vocal music of North India.

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Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan ist der Sohn, Meisterschüler und Nachfolger des legendären, verstorbenen Altmeisters Ustad Salamat AIi Khan. Er repräsentiert die elfte Generation der Gesangstradition der Sham Chaurasia Gharana. Die im Panjab beheimatete Tradition führt bis in die Zeiten des Mogul Kaisers Akbar zurück, welcher durch grosszügige Förderung der Künste an seinem Hof der klassischen Musik Nord-Indiens eine Blütezeit ermöglichte.

Nach der Unabhängigkeit und Teilung lndiens zog die Familie wie Millionen andere ins neu entstandene Pakistan und liess sich in Multan, Stadt der zahlreichen Sufi Schreine nieder. Ustad Salamat und Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan wurden zum Starduo der pakistanischen Klassik Szene. Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan stand bereits als Kind auf der Bühne, sang vor grossem Publikum auf Festivals, im Radio und TV. Er wurde mit dem Amir Kushro Award, dem “Pride of Performance Award” (eine Art pakistanischer Nobelpreis) ausgezeichnet.

Das Konzertprogramm besteht Klassischer Indischer Musik und dem Sufi Gesang.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan wird von Sankar P. Chowdhury (Tabla) und Hares Khan ( Harmonium) begleitet.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan is one of the leading vocalists of lndian and Pakistani classical music. He is considered a treasure of Pakistan
and lndian musical culture and perpetuates a disappearing musical tradition. He belongs to the Sham Chaurasi Gharana) from East Punjab, that
dates back to the times of Mughal Emperor Akbar, 500 years ago.

He received his musical education from his father, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and uncle, Ustad Nazaqat Ali Khan, both internationally acclaimed
maestros of classical singing. During his concerts, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan reveals not only the spectacular technicalities of Hindustani classical singing, but also an outstanding sensibility in his way of interpreting Sufi poetry. His voice is intense and full of emotion.

The concert program contains Classical Indian music and Sufi songs.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan will be accompanied by Sankar P. Chowdhury (Tabla) and Hares Khan (Harmonium).

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