Indian Music Concert with Sougata Roy Chowdhury & Ray Spiegel

Aug 19th, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

$20.00 in advance $25 day of.
*Some Blankets and cushions will be provided for floor seating or reclining. Bring your own flap back chairs or cushions if you have them. Chairs will be provided for those who prefer.*

Sougata Roy Chowdhury – sarod

Sougata Roy Chowdhury is considered to be among the most talented sarod players of his generation.
Born into an artistic Bengali family, Sougata grew up in Shanti Niketan, an arts colony in West Bengal, India.
Sougata began his formal training in music at the age of ten.  He has learned from Ustad Aashish Khan, and Ustad Dyanesh Khan, sons of India’s greatest musical icon, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of Kolkata.
Sougata (pronounced Shoogato) Roy Chowdhury has been thrilling audiences in India, Europe, and the USA for the last fifteen years.  He has earned a sterling reputation as a master of Raga (the melodic system of Indian music) and Tala, the rhythmic aspect of Indian music.  He is known for his meditative Alap, or slow introduction of the Raga, sweet intonation, and exciting climaxes in his performances. He has received a number of awards for his musical achievements.
Sougata is a peaceful person, and his music reflects the profound melding of ancient scales, motifs, and ragas with the soulful human element of peace and tranquility, even through the fast and exciting passages of a performance.

Ray Spiegel – tabla

Ray Spiegel began tabla at the age of thirteen after learning western music on clarinet and piano since the age of six.  Ray started formal training under prominent tabla master Shankar Ghosh at the Ali Akbar College of Music (AACM) in San Rafael, CA in 1969 when he was sixteen years of age.
Ray continued his studies in New Delhi, India under Pandit B.S. Ramanna in 1971 and ’72 after touring the major cities in India with the East-West Chamber Ensemble as a tabla player.  After returning to the USA, Ray continued his studies with Ustad Zakir Hussain at the AACM in 1972. In 1977, began learning from Zakir’s father, the great maestro of tabla, Ustad Alla Rakha. Ray studied with  Ust. Alla Rakha for twenty five years until the guru’s passing in 2001.
Ray has recorded numerous projects including “Diga” by Diga Rhythm Band with Zakir Hussain, Mickey Hart, and Jerry Garcia, “Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience”, “Sum and Kali”, and “Raga Jazz” with his band, the Ray Spiegel Ensemble as well as recordings with the Grateful Dead, Patty Smythe, Paul Winter, among others.  Ray also has recorded many Indian classical albums with various prominent artists, has done movie and television soundtracks in his storied career.