Japanese-born Inoue Sou began to study music when he was six years old. The successor in a family lineage of traditional Shinto flute players, Sou began his study of Indian classical music on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) in Japan. Wishing to delve deeper into the mysteries of Alaap [meditative musical improvisation], he travelled to India in 2008 for full-time, 7-days-a-week study of Indian classical vocal music in the ancient Dhrupad style from the Gundecha Brothers at the their unique music school, Dhrupad Sansthan, located at the geographical heart of India in the countryside on the outskirts of the city of Bhopal -- the only traditional Dhrupad gurukul in India, where Sou continues to study. Prior to coming to India, he trained in traditional Japanese shrine music (Kagura Ongaku) on flute and drums from Makino Saburo. Sou has been performing in this genre since 1984, and has played in many shrine ceremonies in Japan. As a soloist, he has performed since 1989 in Japan and other countries around the world. Before coming to India, Sou studied Hindustani classical music on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) from Mr. Nakagawa Hiros, a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Kobe, Japan, beginning in 2003.
India-born Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh has been a student of pakhawaj (Indian barrel-drum) for 12 years, and in 2009 began his study on that instrument with Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha at Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal. He has also studied with Panduranga Appa Datar. Dnyaneshwar has performed all over India in various major concerts and conferences both as a solo artist and as an accompanist.
See Branan's and Sou's YouTube links, or go to dhrupad.com/the-meditative-