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Concert Review: Roopa Panesar, Sitar Virtuoso Makes Her New York Debut

Women's Voices FestivalDate: October 4, 2014
Venue: St. Peter’s Church (NY)
Review by Dawoud Kringle

HarmoNYom in collaboration with Robert Browning Associates kicked off its Women’s Voices Festival at St. Peter’s Church with the New York debut of London based sitarist Roopa Panesar.

Panesar began training at the age of seven under sitar maestro Ustad Dharambir Singh. She also studied under Pandit Arvind Parikh, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Ustad Siraj Khan and Pt. Ajoy Chakroborty. As well as being deeply rooted in the classical tradition, Roopa has collaborated with musicians from different genres such as Talvin Singh, Laura Wright and Dirk Brosse to name a few. Roopa has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and USA, and released her debut album Khoj in 2011. She also teaches the sitar, and is involved in numerous projects to inspire and educate the next generation of Indian classical musicians.

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Concert Review: Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Terry Riley’s “In C” – a Unique Perspective on a Unique Musical Performance

terry riley cDate: September 24, 2014
Venue: Art Cafe (Brooklyn)

Concert review by Dawoud Kringle

On Wednesday, September 24th, the Brooklyn Raga Massive (held, as of this writing at Art Cafe in Brooklyn) presented a performance of Terry Riley’s In C. The piece consists of 53 musical phrases, lasting from half a beat to 32 beats. Each phrase may be repeated an arbitrary number of times. Although the melodic content of each part is predetermined, each musician has control over which phrase he or she plays. The musicians are encouraged to play the phrases starting at different times, even if they are playing the same phrase.

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HarmoNYom presents: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Subhen Chatterjee from India!

Date: October 2, 2010
Venue: St. John’s Lutheran Church (NY)

Text by Dawoud Kringle

The Music Room concert series presented by HarmoNYom got off to a very good start on the cool autumn evening of October 2nd, 2010 with the presentation of slide guitar virtuoso  Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and tabla master Pt. Subhen Chatterjee.

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