Debashish Bhattacharya: US Tour October - November
Virtuosic slide-guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya is embarking on an exciting USA tour throughout October and November. The tour celebrates his 50th birthday year and twenty years of touring. He will be joined by his brother Subhasis on table, and his daughter Anandi on voice.
Debashish has released three hit albums on Riverboat Records, and is currently working on some very exciting projects to be unveiled in 2013. His live shows are renowned for the dynamism and creative compositions. If you are stateside don't miss this opportunity to see one of India's most talented performers up close and personal.
See below for a full list of dates...
Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide-Guitar Odyssey is a musical journey through the centuries of guitar playing in India. Using three unique guitars that BBC award winner Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya designed himself, each beautiful raga explores influences ranging from Gypsy to Sufi with deep sensitivity and free-flowing movement between past and present, tradition and innovation.
'Pandit (master) Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the world's most remarkable slide guitarists and this album represents the culmination of a lifetime of intensive study, performance and innovation.' Songlines Magazine
India’s Debashish Bhattacharya started learning Indian music from an early age, before he learnt the alphabet! During his childhood he mastered several Indian classical instrumental styles as well as vocal music from teachers in Calcutta. He became a disciple and student of Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of Indian classical guitar and also trained under Ajoy Chakraborty and Ali Akbar Khan.
His debut performance was at the age of four which was broadcast by All India Radio, Calcutta. At the age of twenty he received President of India Award for winning the National Music Competition of All India Radio. Since then his achievements have expanded and his charisma as a musician, composer, innovator, revolutionary and guru of the slide guitar Parivar has caught the attention of many devotees.
He is a powerful slide guitarist setting new trends among fellow musicians. He has introduced new finger styles playing with his thumb and index finger. The reason for him altering his playing style was to produce finest bole variety, fastest Taanas, and strongest Jhala which were impossible to achieve on slide guitars earlier. He has written a syllabus on Indian Classical Guitar which includes technical terminologies and abbreviations.
Join Master Debashish Bhattacharya on his 20th anniversary US tour at the following locations:
October 12 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
October 13 - Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids IA
October 14 - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
October 17 - Manhattan KS
October 20 - Raga Spirit Festival, Los Angeles CA
October 21 - Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ (or Oct 30)
October 31 - University of Nevada, Reno NV
November 2 - Center for Spiritual Awareness, Sacramento CA
November 3 - Soka University, Aliso Viejo CA (with Jeff Peterson)
November 4 - Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad CA
November 7 - Calvary Church, Philadelphia PA
November 8 - Philadelphia PA workshop TBA
November 9 - Tibet House or Public School, New York NY
November 11 - Allen Lecture Hall, U of VT, Burlington VT
November 12-16 - Workshop, Hartford CT
November 18 - MITHAS, Cambridge MA
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