The Arts Center will be transformed into a nightclub atmosphere for this concert, and wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available.
Fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blend the raw energy of American dance fiddling with the lyricism and improvisation of American jazz. "Masterful," writes Fiddler Magazine of the duo's dynamic sound. Koehler, a champion fiddler and Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee, is fluent in over a dozen distinct fiddle styles. Kelly, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, has brought his depth of knowledge of American jazz to audiences around the world. Together, Koehler & Kelly spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating their deep respect for folk traditions. Their bold approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment, and they were featured on an episode of NPR's "The Thistle & Shamrock" showcasing the best new sounds.
Ustad Shafaat Khan: Sitar/Vocal Tabla
Coco Bastien: Vocal/ Drums
Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan, has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals and universities all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the USA, The Bonnaroo Festival. In the past, he's shared a television concert with Ray Charles in Germany. In addition, some of his CDs have been produced by the famous Dr. Deepak Chopra. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing Sitar, Surbahar and Tabla.
Virtuoso...Classical purity astonishing... intellectual and poetic...creator as well as performer" The Washington Post
"Star in the world of classical music... the thunderous ovation never ceased throughout his performance" Chandigarh Tribune India
"Absolutely superb" The Times London, England
"Indian music at it's top level...Shafaat's sitar/tablas magic might still be going on, it was barley stoppable" The Shoestring in Pacem, USA
"Driving power entered the performance when Shafaat's marvelous showed us the rhythmic complexity of the music and enthralled the audience" Cork Examiner, Ireland