AVTAAR – Live in Concert – 11,12,13 March 2011

To felicitate living legend Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra

Siddha

presents

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in

AVTAAR – A MEETING OF CELESTIAL STRINGS

LIVEINCONCERT

on

Friday, March 11, 2011 at G.D.Birla Sabhaghar – 7pm

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at ICCR – 7pm

Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Calcutta School of Music – 7pm

Avtaar – A Meeting of Celestial Strings

If God manifests before man, his shape and form or Avtaar, will be music. To explore this celestial reincarnation, Grammy nominee Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the pioneer creator and inventor of Indian slide guitar, has chose the medium of divine celestial strings, his Trinity of Guitars – the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars.

God is omnipresent and must be accompanied by angels. The East and the West are just directions, which if followed around the globe, will meet, where else but at Calcutta-Kolkata, the melting pot of cultures. To prove this axiom beyond doubt, joining Pandit Bhattacharya in this voyage of discovery are thirteen musicians from six countries, like the six strings of a guitar. They are international classical and acoustic guitar virtuosos Johannes Möller of Sweden, Nutavut Ratanakarn of Thailand and Matthias Muller of Germany. Mike McCormick of Canada on Electric Guitar and Nishad Pandey of Australia on Western Classical Guitar ably assist them. The Indian musicians in this heavenly parade are Biplaw Singh on Western Classical Guitar, Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla, Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury on Bass Guitar, Somranjan Chakraborty on Anandi (the third eye of the Trinity of Guitars), Soumyajyoti Ghosh on Bansuri, Raja Mukherjee on Western Violin, Charu Hariharan on Mridangam and Sambit Chatterjee on Western Drums. These musicians will collaborate for a week, creating new compositions based on Indian Ragas, Western Classical Music and Thai Music. The resultant new stream of Indo-World Instrumental Music will be presented to the audience of Kolkata by this eclectic ensemble.

Bios of Musicians

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya – India Chaturangui

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is perhaps the only phenomenon in the history of World Music and Indian Classical Music who created a Trinity of slide guitars, christened Chaturangui Gandharvi and Anandi. He is one of the most amazing music personalities of the world, whose dynamism of artistry and creativity place him in the category of a genius, who goes beyond and opens new horizons in his field. His improvisation within the framework of a raga or within the limitations of the instrument he plays becomes a novel experience for himself as well as his listeners. A nominee of Grammy and numerous other awards, he is one of the brightest stars of slide guitar performace and composition, the world over.

Johannes Möller- Sweden Western Classical Guitar

The Swedish guitarist Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. His ability to communicate a musical message to listeners of any cultural background, age or level of musical experience have brought him an international career and numerous prestigious prizes. He has been awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition that was held in Austin, USA.

Nutavut Ratanakarn – Thailand – Western Classical Guitar

An international classical guitarist in Thailand, Nutavut Ratanakarn has been giving concerts, and master classes in Austria, Bhutan, Croatia, England, India, Italy,Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Thailand. He is acknowledged as a virtuoso in solo and ensemble performances.

Matthias Müller – Germany Acoustic Guitar

Over the several decades of his musical career, Matthias Müller has toured internationally and played in many styles. Matthias’ compelling interest in Indian classical music led him to study Carnatic Music, affording him opportunities to play and collaborate with some of the finest Indian players of our time, such as Dr. L. Subramaniam, Sivamani, Tanmoy Bose and world music Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Mike McCormick – Canada Electric Guitar

Mike McCormick has developed an ear for many types of music, all of which have influenced his own sound. Mike likes to incorporate elements of jazz, avant-garde, experimental and world music into his playing.

Nishad Pandey – Australia – Western Classical Guitar

Nishad has been exposed to musical and cultural forms from across the globe. He has been part of various bands encompassing a wide range of styles – jazz, metal, electronica and Indian fusion.

Biplaw Singh India Western Classical Guitar

A prize-winning guitarist, Biplaw Singh has trained extensively in India and abroad and given numerous recitals all over the country. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and the Director of the Calcutta International Guitar festival.

Subhashis Bhattacharya – India Tabla

Subhashis is a leader of his generation of Indian percussionists. He has regularly performed in every major Indian music festival, and has recorded several albums. He has toured several countries and has been applauded as a fine musician, both solo and as an accompanist.

Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury – India – Bass Guitar

Mainak Nag Chowdhury, lovingly known as Bumpy, has worked extensively as a bass player and music producer all over the world. He plays various styles ranging from Latin (Afro–Cuban, Brazilian), Pop, Rock, World Music, World Fusion, Progressive Rock and Jazz, with some of the most sought after performers of the country and abroad.

Somranjan Chakraborty – India – Gypsy Anandi

One of the most talented Indian Classical Guitarists of the younger generation, Somranjan has received National Award of the Government of India and has performed solo and accompanied Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya in recitals at innumerable prestigious concerts.

Soumyajyoti Ghosh- India – Bansuri

Soumyajyoti Ghosh is a force to reckon with in the realm of Indian classical music both as a thinking musician and scintillating performer. He performs regularly with bands/ensembles like Kendraka, Taal Tantra and Folkzion.

Raja Mukherjee – India -Western Violin

Raja Mukherjee is one of the most talented violinists of the new generation. A gifted solo performer and collaborator in the sphere of world music, he has performed in numerous concerts and is a regular member of bands like Orient Express and Los Amigos.

Charu Hariharan – India – Mridangam

Charu Hariharan is a mridangist and a singer who likes to program and compose.  Charu has performed in concerts in India and EU, with masters like Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.

Sambit Chatterjee – India -Western Drums

Teen drummer Sambit Chatterjee is a rising star in the world of music and has made a name for himself as one of the finest young drummers of the country.

Program

Charu Shree Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya

Metrix Matla Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya

Rasam Samba Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya

Pillusion Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya

Raslila ~ Nrityangana Johannes Möller

Sundarbana (Mali) Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya

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