The classical music of Northern India is said to be one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world. It is said that the origins of this system go back to the Vedas (ancient scripts of the Hindus). In Indian music, melodies or ragas are performed at specific times of the day. Those selected today will be suited for the performance time.
“Our sages developed music from time immemorial for our mind to take shelter in that pure being which stands apart from the body and mind as one’s true self. Real music is not for wealth, not for honours or even for the joys of the mind – but as a path for realization and salvation. This is what I truly feel.” —Ali Akbar Khan
Check out tonight's esteemed musicians:
Taro Terahara has performed Indian classical music in India, Australia and Japan. He has been a student of the great maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia, Hiroshi Nakagawa and most recently Sri Amit Roy, a disciple of the legendary sitarist Nikhil Banerjee. Taro's music, like that of his teacher Sri Amit Roy, is tempered by a beautiful humility and devotion to the mood and spirit of the raga guaranteeing to engage the mind and deeply touch the heart. Taro currently teaches bansuri and Indian classical vocal to numerous students around Japan. The extensive curiosity in music instilled at an early age by Taro's parents has grown and manifested within him a highly and multi talented musical individual. Taro's passion for teaching traditional Indian classical music includes teaching Indian composition to students of virtually any musical instrument, such as the violin and the bass. Although his central passion is clear, he has proven his versatility and skill, traversing beyond genre, through numerous collaborative performances ranging from Odissi dance, Arabian and Chinese music to jazz, with remarkable results. As a student in the long line of Maihar gharana, Taro is a unique and deep individual whose music crosses boundaries and blends souls. It is no chance that this young man came across the music of the bansuri in 1991. His vocation is to bring the beauty and expansion of Indian classical music to parts of the world that have yet to hear it, joining individuals and nations as one.
Steve Oda, a Canadian of Japanese ancestry, began his musical education at the age of seven, learning to play slide guitar and then jazz guitar. His love of jazz eventually led him to the classical music of North India and the sarode. He began learning in 1970 first with Aashish Khansahib and then in 1973, with Aashish's father, the late Maestro Ali Akbar Khansahib, one of the world's greatest musicians. In 1996, he received a prestigious Canada Council Artist's Grant and moved to the San Francisco Bay area to pursue intensive studies directly with Khansahib. Steve has been blessed with many opportunities to perform internationally as well as record extensively with some of the world's outstanding Indian classical musicians. He currently resides in San Rafael actively teaching and performing the beautiful music of North India.
Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain, since 1990. From that time forward, Ty has been wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path. Ty is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He is internationally recognized for being instrumental in creating unique collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. He has become well-known not only for his talents as a tabla player, but also for his guitar composing, extensive experience as a recording engineer and live concert producer. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD.