Experience the Music, Food, Culture of India May 16

| May 13, 2014
Legendary sitar and surbahar player Ustad Imrat Khan

Legendary sitar and surbahar player Ustad Imrat Khan will perform at the Community Music School’s Explore Music! event May 16.

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) presents Explore Music! INDIA: Experience the Music and Culture of India on Friday, May 16, featuring a performance-demonstration of classical Indian music by legendary sitar and surbahar player Ustad Imrat Khan. The event is for all ages, free and open to the public. Students, teachers and those with a general interest in music and exposure to diverse cultural music practices are invited to participate and observe.

Bombay Food Junkies Food Truck

Grab some delicious Indian cuisine at the Bombay Food Junkies food truck, parked outside the CMS Center in parking Lot K from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Authentic Indian cuisine will be available for purchase from Bombay Food Junkies food truck, the only 100% vegetarian/vegan-friendly Indian food truck in St Louis, specializing in street eats from Bombay. The menu will include samosa chole pastry filled with mix vegetables doused with chickpea curry, chutneys and marinated onions (Bombay Food Junkie’s top seller), Masala/Paneer tikka wraps, mango lassi and homemade kulfis (ice creams) and more.

The food truck will be on campus as part of the CMS’ Explore Music!  INDIA event at the CMS Center.  The event will feature a performance-demonstration of classical Indian music by legendary sitar and surbahar player, Ustad Imrat Khan.  Khan will perform Classical Indian music and provide cultural perspective including the important role of improvisation.  Assisted by guitarist, Todd Mosby, Khan will demonstrate the relationship between eastern and western music, particularly the connection of Jazz improvisation with Indian music.  The performance-demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. at the CMS Center.

Khan will perform Classical Indian music and provide cultural perspective including the important role of improvisation. Assisted by guitarist Todd Mosby, Khan will demonstrate the relationship between eastern and western music, particularly the connection of jazz improvisation with Indian music. The performance-demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. at the CMS Center.

For more information, contact the CMS at 314-968-5939 or cms@webster.edu.

Explore! INDIA May 16

5-8 p.m. Bombay Food Junkies Food Truck in parking Lot K

5:30-6:30 p.m. Indian Cultural Activities

6:15 p.m. Meditation, Breathing, and Yoga demonstration

7 p.m. Performance-demonstration by Ustad Imrat Khan with Todd Mosby

Explore Music! INDIA  is presented as part of the CMS’s global music program, which was established to develop increased exposure to and experience with music of all cultures. With the belief that all musical styles are equally valid, the CMS endeavors to foster social harmony, trust, understanding, and appreciation of all cultures.

Performer Bios

Ustad Imrat Khan is widely recognized as one of the giants of Indian classical music, celebrated for his virtuosity, musicality and regarded as a poet of sitar and surbahar.  Khan’s work in the dissemination and wider appreciation of Indian classical music throughout the world is almost unparalleled.  A musicians’ musician, he has made the melodic nuances of raag and the rhythmic intricacies of taal accessible to varied audiences around the world without once diluting the pure classicism that lies at the heart of this ancient tradition.

Todd Mosby is a composer, guitarist, educator and native to St. Louis. Mosby’s vibrant creativity has led to numerous innovations in music, spanning imaginative techniques on the guitar, to inventive compositions, to co-developing a new instrument, to an assortment of products to enrich and enhance artistic expression.  He is a visionary who considers every facet of creativity. “My goal as an artist is to be a musical force to align people, places, and things in such a way as to assist them in finding their own truth and beauty,” Mosby says.

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