Dayton Philharmonic with Amjad Ali Khan

Schuster Center

8:00 pm Friday, October 11, 2019

AMJAD ALI KHAN, sarod
AMAAN ALI BANGASH, sarod
AYAAN ALI BANGASH, sarod
AMIT KAVTHEKAR, tabla

NEAL GITTLEMAN, conductor
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

INDIAN FOLK MUSIC FROM BENGAL AND ASSAM, Tagore/Amjad Ali Khan
EVENING RAGA, Traditional Raga; compositions by Amjad Ali Khan
– intermission –
SAMAAGAM – CONCERTO FOR THREE SARODS, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash, Amit Kavthekar, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Born to sarod maestro Haafiz Ali Khan, he is the sixth generation in the legendary line of the Senia Bangash School. Since giving his first performance at the age of six, he has played for audiences worldwide, bringing a new and yet timeless interpretation to the repertoire while being widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing the sarod.

Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali Khan has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, UNICEF’s National Ambassadorship and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize.

Maestro Khan’s first sarod concerto, Samaagam, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning confluence or flowing together. The aim of this work is to preserve, through singing and playing, the essence of both Indian and Western traditions so that they can flow into each other without artistic compromise. Amjad Ali Khan purposefully used the orchestration of Indian ensemble music in the pre-Bollywood era as inspiration and incorporated Western tradition elements that do not violate the rules of Indian music. This piece has been presented by orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, including the Orchestre National d’Île de France., the London Philharmonic, the Britten Sinfonia, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the first half of the program, Amjad Ali Khan will perform traditional Indian Folk Music from Bengal and Assam, and he will present a Traditional Raga that he composed. Maestro Khan will be joined on stage by his sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, who will both also be performing on the sarod. Amit Kavthekar will be playing the tabla for this concert.

 


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