Thursday, July 24, 2014

August 3rd Concert:
Sarode / Santoor / Tabla

An Afternoon Concert of

North Indian Classical Music

               Date:    Sunday, August 3, 2014
Concert Time:    4:00 p.m.
            Venue:    Meherabode (Avatar Meher Baba Center)
        Location:    1214 S. Van Ness Ave., LA, CA 90019

t Suggested donations:
  • $15   Concert (only)
  • $25   Tabla Workshop (only)
  • $37   Concert & Tabla Workshop
t Also Happening:
  •  11:30 a.m.: FILMS:  Silent films of Meher Baba with live music (free of charge)
    [some additional detail will be posted prior to August]
  •  1:00 p.m.: Vegan LUNCH  (free of charge)
  •  2:00 p.m.: TABLA WORKSHOP For All Instrumentalists
The Tabla Workshop, given by Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee (a senior disciple of Ustad Zakir Hussain), is designed for musicians to explore how to work with Tabla, and also for Tabla players who want to learn more about the art of accompaniment.  For more info or to register, contact David Trasoff:  [phone: (323)255-7783].

Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee teaches Percussion / Tabla at the Pandit Jasraj School of Music, located near Atlanta, Georgia (Prithwiraj serves as the Director of that department in this music school).  See:!services/c5ro

Information about the Sarode artist, David Trasoff, can be found on his website, here:

Information about the Santoor and Tabla artists, Kamaljeet Ahluwalia and Jas Ahluwalia, can be found on their website, here:
For info about other programs at Meherabode, see:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Debut California Concert by the talented Bihar Brothers
Happening at Meherabode on November 14 (8 pm)


Concerts at Meherabode and Music Circle will co-present an evening concert by the Bihar Brothers, on their debut US tour (in the first of three California concerts).  These younger-generation senior students of the Gundecha Brothers will perform as duet vocalists in the Dhrupad tradition, accompanied by pakhawaj. The Friday night concert (November 14) will be held at Meherabode.

Your humble servant (David Raphael Israel) had the pleasure of attending daily classes under the Gundecha Brothers in company with these bright lads (Sanjeev Jha and Manish Kumar, both originally from Bihar) -- who however (unlike yours truly) stayed on studying and practicing assiduously daily for the past 7 years.  The results of their hard work will be on display for your musical delight in this special autumn concert event.

So I'm the guy who announces the concert, and they're the young gentlemen who will wow the intimate audience at Meherabode with a next-generation dhrupad experience.

More info will be posted in this space further along.  End of Newsflash!


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Sunday, July 20 concert has been canceled

Please note -- the concert we had planned for July 20th has been canceled (the reason being, the visiting artists from India -- surprisingly -- were not granted US visas for their tour).  Perhaps some future season we will enjoy the violin of Delhi R. Sridhar and tabla of Prosenjit Poddar.  Meanwhile, best wishes to the artists.

The next  Concert at Meherabode will be held on the afternoon of SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd.

Details will be posted on this blog soon.