A solo recital of meditative music on the sursringar, a rare string instrument now in the early stages of revival in India.
The sursringar, an ancestor of the modern sarode, originated at the start of the 19th century amongst the descendants of Tansen in North India—Rampur, Varanasi and Lucknow each lay a claim. The large ancient Seni rabab was modified to improve the tonal clarity and increase the sustain of the strings. Sursringar is a superb instrument for dhrupad alap, able to bring out the subtle microtonal shadings, long sweeping meend and curvilinear melodic contours of Dagar bani dhrupad. Its soothing sound is similar to the vina, though sweeter in the mid and upper ranges.
Jody Stecher learned sursringar from Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar during the decade spanning the mid 1970s–80s and later received significant input and guidance from Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar. These two extraordinary musicians, the 18th generation of a family of celebrated teacher-practitioners, actively nurtured Jody’s creative abilities while carefully transmitting the fine details of their musical heritage.
For the past half century Jody Stecher’s deep and vivid music has been an inspiring influence spanning generations and continents. He is a renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist, whose recordings have been Grammy finalists, Indy Award winners and perennial favorites. Reviewers consistently remark on Jody’s “ability to capture the essence and core of traditional music” or “to crystalize the spiritual essence of a song while making it his own.” In the mid 1960s, he became interested in, and then devoted to, raag sangeet, the modal classical music of India in which creative personal expression and the careful keeping of ancient musical ways are equally valued. Jody had the good fortune to study intensively with the sons of Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar, the chief musician of the royal court of Udaipur.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center is devoted to offering intimate monthly concerts of classical Indian music.
Great acoustics. Open seating. Floor cushions and chairs available.
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