Musical Landscapes: North Indian Classical Music, Jazz and the Reasons We Play What We Play
We will illuminate the development of the cultures that gave rise to jazz and Hindustani music and by extension shaped the modes of improvisation employed in these musical forms. The talk will be followed by a participatory activity where attendees will compose tihais - the signature rhythmic phrase of Indian classical music - with a combination or calculation and creativity.
Andrew Shantz is a keyboardist, composer, vocalist and harmonium player with a background in jazz augmented with rigorous studies of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music for the last 8 years. A long-time member of Brooklyn Raga Massive as well as a faculty member at the South Asian arts education organizations Navatman (NYC) and Surati Inc. (New Jersey) Andrew has studied Hindustani light-classical music in Kolkata and New York under Smt. Madhumita Saha and pure classical khayal under Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee.