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ANCIENT RAGAS | Qais Essar | Neelamjit Dhillon | Absolute Focus
August 28, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
SAT, AUGUST 28th, 8PM
Award winning rabab virtuoso Qais Essar and tabla artist Neelamjit Dhillon present an evening of ancient ragas in an eclectic space in Topanga Canyon. Sink into the beauty of this special musicianship offering and Special Collaboration with Absolute Focus (Kamaljeet Ahluwalia on Santoor and Jas Ahluwalia on Tabla).
Coupled with Neelamjit’s mesmerizing tabla playing, Qais blazes a middle path between worlds, drawing from both eastern and western classical music, prog, freak folk, and jazz. The result is a sublime instrumental narrative enveloping listeners with nuance, depth and emotional power. Collaborating this evening is Absolute Focus (Kamaljeet Ahluwalia on Santoor and Jas Ahluwalia on Tabla) taking audiences on an instrumental Indian Classical journey from meditative introspection to dazzling energy-filled heights.
Qais Essar –
“…a master of the rabab…” – NY Daily News
QAIS ESSAR, Rabab
Qais Essar is a contemporary Afghan composer, instrumentalist and producer who channels his melodic designs through the rabab, a 2,500 year old instrument from Afghanistan. He has toured extensively, sharing his new genre of music nationally and internationally.
NEELAMJIT DHILLON, Tabla
Neelamjit Dhillon is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Vancouver Canada, Neelamjit is skilled in both North Indian classical and American jazz music. His music is a reflection of his own multifaceted identity, spirituality, and vision for promoting a more equitable and just society through shared experience and collective action. He has played tabla since the age of 10 and continues to study the instrument under the tutelage of world-renowned maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.
KAMALJEET AHLUWALIA , Santoor
Kamaljeet Ahluwalia is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. She began her training at the age of 7 under Sitar Maestro Dharambir Singh (MBE). She continued her studies with Santoor Maestro Harjinderpal Singh and is currently under the tutelage of legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. She uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns.
JAS AHLUWALIA, Tabla
American-born Jas Ahluwalia studied the illustrious Tabla under the world renowned Ustad Tari Khan. Jas has learnt the Tabla in the traditional Ustad/Shagird relationship which entails a deep bond between master and disciple. Entrenched in the classical mode of training, he is utterly conversant in a variety of genres and is a favorite accompanist among touring musicians and an accomplished solo Tabla artist.
$30 Full Musician Appreciation & GTD SIT DOWN CHAIR SEATING
$20 Open seating, standing, garden listening
Mask is Required Indoors. Outside listening areas in the garden.
Includes beverages. Make this a very special night! Consider dining next door prior to the concert at Endless Color Pizza or across the street at Topanga Bistro or Inn of the Seventh Ray !!