We have invited legendary performers Dhruba Ghosh (India) and Kiya Tabassian (Iran / Canada) to work with our new Academy Inégales cohort over the course of a weekend, and we are opening the doors to our audience for one exceptional performance bringing together Kiya, Dhruba and Notes Inégales to mark the launch of our RENEWAL Spring 2017 season.
Dhruba Ghosh – sarangi, voice
Kiya Tabassian – setar, voice
Date: Saturday 25 February
Time: 7pm (music from 8pm)
Venue: Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB
Nearest stations: Euston, Euston Square & Warren Street
As always, there’ll be delicious food from Taste of India available on the night from 7pm and free WiFi.
Setar virtuoso, composer and improviser, Kiya Tabassian is rooted in Persian classical music and composes for small and large ensembles around the world. His masters in setar were Reza Ghasemi and Kayhan Kalhor and in composition, Gilles Tremblay. In 1998, Tabassian founded Constantinople, a Montreal based ensemble which has earned an international reputation for its unique juxtaposition of early musical sources, contemporary aesthetics and the living traditions of the Middle East. He has recorded 15 CDs for several labels such ATMA, Analekta, Buda Musique, World Village and Ma Case labels and has created with Constantinople over 35 original programs performing them at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Berliner Philharmonie (Germany), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France) and Festival de Mexico en el Centro historico (Mexico). Over the past decade, he has staged over 800 concerts in more than 120 cities in near 30 different countries.
Dhruba Ghosh is recognised for his contribution in the sphere of sarangi solo playing. At the first ever “Sarangi Mela” festival heldat the Bharat Bhavan Arts Centre, Bhopal in 1989, he was unanimously acclaimed as the revivalist of the Sarangi. He is credited with inspiring several young players and students to take up the sarangi and has also accompanied noted senior vocalists of India.
The younger son and disciple of the late Tabla Maestro Padma Bhushan Pt.Nikhil Ghosh, Pt. Dhruba Ghosh also studied sarangi from Ustad Sagiruddin Khan of the Ustad Bundu Khan Delhi Gharana. He later studied with vocalist Maestro Dinkar Kaikini and with Sarod Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Dhruba Ghosh has been credited with several innovations in the instrument itself to make the practice technique easier for current players and for the next generation of students. He is the Principal of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sangeet & Nartan Shikshapeeth, Mumbai, and the winner of the prestigious GRAMMY AWARD with the Paul Winter Consort (2010) as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Sarangi (2014).