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Soorya (Singapore) presents

"Amjad Ali Khan - Live!"

Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with his two sons Amaan Ali Khan n Ayaan Ali Khan on sarod. Accompanied on tabla by Satyajit Talwalkar

Friday, 01 May 2015 (7:00 pm to 9:30 pm)
Esplanade Concert Hall


Amjad Ali Khan Live
Amjad Ali Khan Live

The Maestro and his sons

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

"One of the 20th century's greatest masters of the Sarod..." - Songlines World Music Magazine, UK 2003

He was all of 6 years old when Amjad Ali Khan gave his first recital of Sarod. It was the beginning of yet another glorious chapter in the history of Indian classical music. Taught by his father Haafiz Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music. Today he shoulders the sixth generation of inheritance in this legendary lineage.

After his debut, the career graph of this musical legend took the speed of light, and on its way the Indian classical music scene was witness to regular and scintillating bursts of Raga supernovas. Thus, the world saw the Sarod being given a new and yet timeless interpretation by Amjad Ali Khan. Khan is one of the few maestros who consider his audience to be the soul of his motivation. As he once said, "There is no essential difference between classical and popular music. Music is music. I want to communicate with the listener who finds Indian classical music remote."

He has performed at the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and New Plymouth, Edinburgh Music Festival, World Beat Festival in Brisbane, Taranaki in New Zealand, Summer Arts Festival in Seattle, BBC Proms, International Poets Festival in Rome, Shiraz Festival, UNESCO, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Adelaide Music Festival, 1200 Years celebration of Frankfurt WOMAD Rivermead Festival, UK, and 'Schonbrunn' in Vienna.

He is a recipient of the UNESCO Award, Padma Vibhushan (Highest Indian civilian award), Unicef's National Ambassadorship, The Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and Hon'ry Doctorates from the Universities of York in 1997, England, Delhi University in 1998, Rabindra Bharati University in 2007, Kolkata and the Vishva Bharti (Deshikottam) in Shantiniketan in 2001. He has represented India in the first World Arts Summit in Venice in 1991, received Hon'ry Citizenship to the States of Texas (1997), Massachusetts (1984), Tennessee (1997), the city of Atlanta, Georgia (2002), Albuquerque, NM (2007)and the Key of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Fort Lauderdale, Miami. April 20th, 1984 was cleared as Amjad Ali Khan Day in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1995, Mr. Khan awarded the Gandhi UNESCO Medal in Paris for his composition Bapukauns. In 2003,the maestro received "Commander of the Order of Arts and letters" by the French Government and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize in Japan in 2004.

His collaborations include a piece composed for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumora titled Tribute to Hong Kong, duets with guitarist Charley Byrd, Violinist Igor Frolov, Suprano Glenda Simpson, Guitarist Alvaro Pierri, Guitarist Barry Mason, Cellist Claudio Bohorquez and UK based Cellist Matthew Barley. He has been a visiting professor at the Stanford University, Indiana University, York University, Washington University , Stony Brook, North Eastern and New Mexico University. BBC Magazine had voted one of his recent CDs titled 'Bhairav' among the best 50 classical albums of the world for the year 1995. In 1994, his name was included biographically in "International Directory of distinguished Leadership", 5th edition. In 1999, Mr. Khan inaugurated the World Festival of Sacred Music with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1998, Khan composed the signature tune for the 48th International Film Festival.

Recently, the Khans collaborated with American Folk artist Carrie Newcomer at Lotus Arts Festival in Bloomington. On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Amjad Ali Khan gave a Peace Concert at the United Nations in New York in the presence of the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon.

He has been a regular performer at the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kennedy Center, Santury Hall (First Indian performer), House of Commons, Theater Dela ville, Musee Guimet, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Chicago Symphony Center, Palais beaux-arts, Mozart Hall in Frankfurt, St. James Palace and the Opera House in Australia.

In his case, the term 'beauty of the Ragas' acquires a special meaning as he has to his credit the distinction of having created many new Ragas. It is love for music and his belief in his music that has enabled him to interpret traditional notions of music for a new refreshing way, reiterating the challenge of innovation and yet respecting the timelessness of tradition.

Two books have been written on him. The first is titled, 'The world of Amjad Ali Khan' by UBS Publishers in 1995 and the second, 'Abba-God's Greatest Gift to us' by his sons, Amaan and Ayaan published by Roli Books-Lustre Publications in 2002. A documentary on Mr. Khan called 'Strings for Freedom' won the Bengal Film Journalist Association Award and was also screened at the Ankara Film Festival in 1996.

To mark the Hundred years of Gandhi's Satyagrah Movement, Amjad Ali Khan presented a Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2006. In 2007, Mr. Khan featured in the Southbank Centre's recently launched the Royal Festival Hall hoardings project 'Rankin's Front Row', where his photograph is included in the frieze that will run the length of the river façade of the Royal Festival Hall. Khan performed at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament on the commemoration of India's 60th year of Independence in 2007. In 2008, his is concerto for Sarod, Samaagam premiered with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at St Magnus Festival, at Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. This was an extraordinary collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which was the latest embodiment of his unique ability to give new form to the purity and discipline of the Indian classical music tradition. In 2009, Mr. Khan presented his Sarod concerto Samagam with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. The same year Amjad Ali Khan was nominated for a Grammy award in the best traditional world music album category. Khan had been nominated for the album 'Ancient Sounds', a joint-venture with Iraqi oud soloist Rahim Alhaj. Samaagam was released worldwide in April 2011 on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label. In the season 11/12, Amjad Ali Khan was the focus of a 4-concert residency at the Wigmore Hall in London including a new piece with the Britten Sinfonia.

Other highlights include recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Recently, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Academy. In spring this year Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan brought his teaching philosophy to Stanford University this year in a residency titled Indian Classical Music: A Way of Life. As a finale to the Maestro's residency, Amjad Ali Khan performed with Conductor Jindong Cai and the Stanford Philharmonia at the Mozart and More Festival. Khan authored his first book, My Father, Our Fraternity in December 2012, an intensely personal memoir which brings alive the rich classical music tradition from the early twentieth century to the present. Amjad Ali Khan offers an insider's view of this era, through the life and times of his father, the famous sarod icon, Haafiz Ali Khan. The personal and the professional are intertwined in this book as they are in the author's life.

In 2013, Ananta Opus 195 Written by Pierre Thilloy and performed by Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan with the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra and the Kords Collective premiered a concerto for Sarod, symphonic and electronic orchestra, conducted by Samuel Jean. Same year, Amjad Ali Khan presented his Sarod Concerto Samaagam along with Orchestre d'Auvergne and Orchestre national d'Île de France conducted by Kaspar Zehnder in France.

In March 2014, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, along with the UN Academic Impact (an initiative of the Department of Public Information of the UN) organised a Special Musical Concert titled : "Music for Peace" on 24 March 2014 at the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium at the United Nations. The event featured a recital on the Sarod, by one of the greatest living exponents of the instrument, Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan. August 2014 saw an exiciting India Tour with Britten Sinfonia, one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles.

In 2014, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan performed at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway on as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert along with the lineup of Queen Latifa, Steven Tyler, Nuno Bettencourt and Laura Mvula.

Married and with two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan are well known names in the music scene and are the seventh generation of musicians in the family. Amjad Ali Khan's wife Subhalakshmi Khan has been a great exponent of the Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam, which, she sacrificed for her family. As a soul, so in his heart, he is a man who has proven his indomitable belief in the integration of two of life's greatest forces, love and music. He is a living example of a man who practices that integration each day of his life, both on stage and off stage.

Amaan Ali Khan

'Impossibly fast handwork which once again brought the crowd to its feet' - Savannah Morning News 2005

Amaan Ali Khan, is the eldest son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan and grandson of Haafiz Ali Khan. He belongs to the seventh generation in an unbroken chain of the Senia Bangash School. He was initiated by his father into the fine art of Sarod playing and gave his first public performance at age eight. Amaan's musical style is marked by its precision in tunefulness, bold and resonant strokes, along with tradition and continuity of Indian Classical Music. Amaan's performances have evoked creditable applause. Today, Amaan is considered one of the finest Sarod players in the world and has obtained a very special place for himself among music enthusiasts across continents. He is an inspiration for the younger generation of musicians. He continues to enchant audiences with his virtuosity, sheer brilliance and charismatic stage presence.

Amaan has performed at numerous main stream venues in India and around the world. In 1986, he performed at the Festival of India in Moscow. Thereafter, he made his UK debut in 1990 and his US debut in New York at the Asia Society in 1991. He performed for the Temenos academy at St. James Palace in London for HRH Prince of Wales in 1995, 1997 and 2003. Amaan hosted a music series on Zee TV called 'Sa Re Ga Ma', with his brother, Ayaan, from 2001-2012. In 2001 and 2002 he also took part at the Summer Arts Festival in Seattle and the Edinburgh Festival in the UK, he performed with Cellist Matthew Barley and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain along with a series of workshops and also worked on his album 'Strings Attached' with A Matthew Barley, in July 2002. He released his solo album titled 'Amaan', in 2002.Upon reviewing this album, Songlines World music magazine said that he was a "worthy heir to his father's crown." Amaan did an Australian Tour in 1999 and 2003 where he played at the World Beat Festival in Brisbane, Opera House in Sydney and the WOMAD Festival in New Plymouth and Adelaide. Amaan has also preformed regularly at the Palais beaux-arts in Brussels; the ESPLANADE in Singapore; the Chicago Symphony Center, the Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in the USA; the Womad and Salisbury Festival and the Enescu Festival in Bucharest; and the Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center in the UK.

In 2005 Amaan composed music for the film 'American Daylight' which was directed by Academy Award winner Rodger Christian. In the same year, he also collaborated with the Derek Trucks Band at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia and featured with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in Real World Record's album called 'Moksha'. In 2006 Amaan collaborated with Evelyn Glennie at Queen Elisabeth Hall at the Rhythm Sticks Festival and also appeared at the WOMAD Rivermead Festival in UK. His electronica lounge albums titled Reincarnation (2005) and 'Truth' (2006) won him critical acclaim. Amaan performed at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament on the commemoration of India's 60th year of Independence and did a concert for Coca Cola at The Fox Theater, Atlanta, in 2007.

In 2009, he played at the United Nations in New York in presence of Ban Ki Moon to commemorate the Ode to Peace Concert along with his Father. In April 2011, Amaan collaborated with American Folk artist Carrie Newcomer at Lotus Arts Festival in Bloomington along with his father and brother and also performed at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. In 2011, Amaan collaborated on a project with folk singer and song writer Carrie Newcomer premiered called 'Everything Is Everywhere'. This project with Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan release on Light Records the same year with concerts in Indiana. A love for haunting melody lines, an attraction to compelling rhythms and a sense of deep spiritual grounding are the connecting threads in this new musical confluence.

In 2011, Amaan also performed for Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper at the Year of India Inauguration at Musee de la Civilisation Theatre in Ottawa. In 2012, Amaan Ali Khan stared in a PETA ad strumming his Sarod against a backdrop of birds flying freely across the sky and next to the words "Bring Harmony to Birds' Lives - Let Birds Fly Free". In 2013, he also presented his father's Sarod Concerto Samaagam with the London Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor David Murphy; same year he performed in the US at Duke University, NC and concluded at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the same year he performed with Oudist Rahim Alhaj for Amjad Ali Khan's Grammy Nominated project, Ancient Sounds at Kirkland Center of Performing Arts and Chicago World Music Festival; and performed at Lisbon's Gulbenkian Música. Amaan and Ayaan composed two customised special albums New Delhi in 2011 and Raga in 2013 for The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts.

In 2014, Amaan toured India with Britten Sinfonia, one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. He performed at WOMAD Festival at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England; and performed at The Getty Center in Los Angeles under its annual concert series 'Sounds of L.A.' The series explores L.A's varied musical geography, celebrating the work of masters as well as up-and-coming musicians from around the globe. He also played at a Peace Concert at the United Nations, presented by The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, along with the UN Academic Impact (an initiative of the Department of Public Information of the UN) at the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium at the United Nations.

In 2012 he played at New York's Metropolitan Museum and The Lensic in Santa Fe. The same year, his performance with his father recorded at Wigmore Hall was released under the 'live at Wigmore Hall' series in UK. The latest album Rang - Colors of Sufism released in March features Amaan and Ayaan's interpretations of traditional Qawwalis on the Sarod in 2012. Amaan recently performed at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium at the end of his father's Stanford University residency in 2012. In 2013, Ananta Opus 195, a concerto for sarod, symphonic and electronic orchestra written by Pierre Thilloy and performed by Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan with the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra and the Kords Collective, conducted by Samuel Jean premiered in India. His latest release is called Live in Lisbon, produced by Sarod Records, co-founded by Amaan and Ayaan, released on iTunes recorded live at Grande Auditório Gulbenkian.

In October 2002, Amaan received the Provogue Society's Young Acheivers Award for performing Arts. He was a recipient of the MTV's Lycra Award for the Most Stylish person in Music in 2006. In 2007, he was honoured by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Keys to the City along with an Honorary Citizenship and the Bharat Shiromani Award for Instrumental music. He was also felicitated by the Swiss brand Raymond Weil for his achievements over the years at the launch of their new collection of timepieces titled Freelancer, in 2011.

In addition to playing the Sarod, Amaan co-authored a book with Ayaan titled 'Abba-God's greatest gift to us' on his father's life in November 2002. Roli Books, Lustre Publications published the book as a part of their 'Family Pride' series. Amaan has also anchored Top Drive, the all new television series on Star World that was aired in January 2003 for five episodes. He also took part in the relay for the 2004 Athens Olympics in New Delhi in June 2004. In early 2010, he co-authored his second book with Ayaan called '50 Maestros 50 Recordings' for Harper Collins and also released an album called "The Music Room" and 'Sarod Symphony' with his father and guru. In 2013, their new project Headwaters released. The collaboration is with Malcolm Dalglish, a renowned Hammered Dulcimer player from the US. A project, with its interplay of ancient voices and images.

In 2014, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan performed at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway on as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert along with the lineup of Queen Latifa, Steven Tyler, Nuno Bettencourt and Laura Mvula.

Ayaan Ali Khan

"Dreamy, exciting and dramatic... Technically accomplished Player" - Songlines World Music Magazine, 2005

Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early age, with confidence, clarity, consistency and technical mastery all of which he learnt at his father's knees. Ayaan gave his solo debut when he was eight years old and has been performing concerts in India and abroad, since then. He has also assisted his illustrious father at concerts all over the world. Over the years today, Ayaan has carved out a special niche for himself in the world of music. His approach, vision and versatility make him an icon for the youth in the music industry. His contribution in making the Sarod a cross-over instrument in a variety of genres has projected him as an artist of high repute.

Ayaan has won the hearts of music lovers both in India and abroad. He made his UK debut in 1989 and US Debut in 1991 at the Asia Society in New York. From 1997 onwards Ayaan has performed regularly at the Carnegie Hall and Smithsonian in the US; Palais Beaux-Arts in Brussels; Chicago Symphony Center, ESPLANADE in Singapore; Summer Arts Festival in Seattle; and at the Edinburgh Music Festival and the Royal Festival Hall in London. He made his debut tour to Australia in 2003. Ayaan has played concerts at the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and New Plymouth, World Beat Festival in Brisbane and at the Opera House in Sydney. Ayaan performed for HRH the Prince of Wales at St. James Palace for the Temenos Academy in 1997. In 2000, Ayaan joined his father at the Dalai Lama's Sacred Music Festival inauguration in New Delhi From 2000 to 2001, Ayaan hosted a very popular music and talent show air on Zee TV called 'Sa Re Ga Ma', with his brother, Amaan. In November 2002, Ayaan co-authored a book with his brother, Amaan titled 'Abba-God's Greatest Gift to us'. This book was on his father's life and was published by Roli Books, Lustre Publications under the 'Family Pride Series'.

Ayaan collaborated with the noted Cellist Mathew Barley of UK at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002. In July 2002, Ayaan conducted a workshop for the National Youth Orchestra of UK with Matthew Barley which was followed by a concert with the NYO. Over the years Ayaan has performed at Konzerthaus in Vienna; Symphony Hall in Birmingham; Bridgewater Hall in Manchester; Recital Hall in 2005, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva and the UN International Labour Organisation auditorium, Geneva in 2006. In 2003, Ayaan performed for Prince Charles at his High Grove Estate for Temenos Academy. In the following years Ayaan played at the Symphony Hall in Fukuoka and New York's Town Hall. In 2005 he composed the music score for Roger Christian's film "American Daylight". He played at the Metropolitan Museum in 2012 and Salisbury Festival in UK in 2005, among other venues across the world.

In 2005 Ayaan collaborated with Guitarist Dereck Truks of the Allman Brother's band at the Savannah Festival. In the same year, he also recorded with Real World Records and featured in one solo track in his father's album 'Moksha'. In July 2006 Ayaan collaborated with Evelyn Glennie at Queen Elisabeth Hall. Bestowed with the MTV's Lycra Award for the Most Stylish person in Music in 2006, Ayaan was honoured by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Keys to the City along with an Honorary Citizenship and the Bharat Shiromani Award for Instrumental music in 2007. He also performed at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament on the commemoration of India's 60th year of Independence in 2007.

In 2009, Ayaan played at the United Nations in New York in presence of Ban Ki Moon to commemorate the Ode to Peace Concert along with his father. In 2011 a collaborative project between folk singer songwriter Carrie Newcomer premiered called Everything Is Everywhere at Lotus Arts Festival in Bloomington. The project with Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan released on Light Records. Ayaan played the same year at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Ayaan's concert at Wigmore Hall along with his father released under the Live at Wigmore Hall series was recorded in 2010. In 2010 Ayaan and Amaan, released their second book titled "50 Maestros 50 Recordings" which was published by Harper Collins. In 2012, Ayaan starred in a PETA advertisement strumming his sarod against a backdrop of birds flying freely across the sky, next to the words "Bring Harmony to Birds' Lives - Let Birds Fly Free". The advertisement was against the caging of birds. In 2013, Ayaan performed the Ananta Opus 195, along with his father and brother. This was a concerto for the sarod, symphonic and electronic orchestra written by Pierre Thilloy in collaboration with Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra and the Kords Collective, conducted by Samuel Jean that premiered in India. Amaan and Ayaan composed two customised special albums New Delhi in 2011 and Raga in 2013 for The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts.

In 2013 Ayaan recently performed in his father's Sarod Concert Samaagam with the London Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Murphy. Ayaan also presented his father's Sarod Concerto Samaagam with the London Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor David Murphy in 2013. Same year saw concerts at Duke University, NC and Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The same year, he also performed with his father and brother and Oudist Rahim Alhaj for Amjad Ali Khan's Grammy Nominated project, Ancient Sounds at Kirkland Center of Performing Arts and Chicago World Music Festival and the same year he performed at Lisbon's Gulbenkian Música. In 2014, Ayaan had a week long residence with his father at Indiana University Bloomington. They were the first residents of the first School of Global and International Studies Artist at this University. He also toured with the Britten Sinfonia, one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles; performed at WOMAD Festival at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England; and performed at The Getty Center in Los Angeles under its annual concert series 'Sounds of L.A.', in 2014.

Along with his many solo classical albums, Ayaan has crossed the bridge between Indian music and a variety of genres with his electronica and lounge albums like 'Reincarnation', 'Truth', 'Mystic Dunes', 'Passion' and 'Dreamz'. He also released two albums titled "The Music Room" and 'Sarod Symphony' with his father and guru in 2010. The latest album Rang - Colours of Sufism was released in March 2012 featuring Amaan and Ayaan's interpretations of traditional Qawwalis on the Sarod. In 2013, their new project Headwaters released. The collaboration is with Malcolm Dalglish, a renowned Hammered Dulcimer player from the US. A project, with its interplay of ancient voices and images. In 2014, Ayaan co-founded Sarod Records with Amaan that releases their music exclusively on iTunes.

In 2014, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan performed at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway on as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert along with the lineup of Queen Latifa, Steven Tyler, Nuno Bettencourt and Laura Mvula.

Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla)

Satyajit

Satyajit Talwalkar is the son of tabla legend Suresh Talwalkar and Padma Talwalkar, one of the foremost exponents of Hindustani vocal music, two of the best-known practitioners of Indian classical music. Right from a very young age, Satyajit received immaculate attention and training from his parents in various aspects of Indian classical music. But his interest in percussion was nurtured by his father, one of the most revered teacher and practitioner of the art of tabla playing. In following his father's footsteps, Satyajit has become a masterful accompanist to instrumental and vocal music. But he is also recognized as a solo artist, and is at ease in performing as a member of taal vadya kacheri (ensemble of Indian percussionists) and his duets with Western drum ensemble have received critical acclaim.

He has accompanied major Hindustani artists including Rashid Khan (vocal), Shaheed Parvez (sitar) and has performed all over India. He has also been on concert tours of France, Netherlands, USA, and several countries of South Asia.


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