Jugalbandi at SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange’s Our World Music and Culture Series continues with Jugalbandi! World-famous musicians Steve Gorn, and Samir Chaterjee will perform Indian classical music on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7pm in the Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101.

Admission: $5 for SUNY Orange Faculty/Staff and Public, Free with SUNY Orange Student ID

“Jugalbandi” is a performance in Indian classical music that features a duet of two solo musicians where neither is the primary player nor accompaniment, but rather they interact as equals. The word jugalbandi means, literally, “entwined twins.”

Steve Gorn has performed Indian classical music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world and has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pandit Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, whom he often accompanies in concert. He has also studied with the late Ustad Z. M. Dagar.  During the past decade, Steve has often performed in India, appearing at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, Triveni Hall in New Delhi, The Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, NCPA, and The Nehru Center in Mumbai, and numerous other venues. His performance with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal, at Kolkata’s Rama Krishna Mission, was televised throughout India.

Samir Chaterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Born into a musical family in Calcutta, Samir Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pandit Balaram Mukherjee, Pandit Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. He later received the guidance of Pandit Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pandit Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir’s teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of tabla playing, which he now represents. Samir appears frequently as a soloist and an accompanist throughout India and abroad. He can be heard on numerous recordings as a soloist, accompanying many of India’s greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. Samir presently lives in New York where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music

This event is co-sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the Newburgh Campus of SUNY Orange, Dr. Surendra Sharma and Padma Reichwald.

For more information regarding “Jugalbandi,” please contact the Newburgh Cultural Affairs office at (845) 341-9386 or visit www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs