Join us for a concert of one of the world’s oldest and richest musical traditions. Images of classic India begin to emerge with grace and passion in the evocative hands of sarod player and composer Christopher Ris, and tabla player Dana Pandey.
Ris and Pandey will explore the compositions and improvisations of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) for a compelling musical journey, as a companion to our production of Terrence McNally’s masterful play, A Perfect Ganesh. Cinnabar commissioned Ris and friends to create the soundtrack for our production. Be sure to catch both offerings to complete your theatrical expedition to India.
Guest artists TBA.
Christopher Ris began his study of sarod and vocal music in 1971 under Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. He has since performed as a soloist, with Khansahib’s orchestra The New Maihar Band, has composed music for 3 films on life in India and an episode of the television series Young Indiana Jones. He has collaborated with flamenco dancer Rosa Montoya and flamenco guitarist Guillermo Rios and Necati Celik, principal oudist of the National Orchestra of Turkey. In 1974 he began a long lived relationship with the renowned kathak dancer Chitresh Das.From 1981 until 2000 he became Mr. Das’ primary musical accompanist and composer in residence for both his personal performances and his Chhandam Dance Company. Together they dramatically changed the style of kathak accompaniment, bringing the instrumentalist into the simultaneous improvisations with the dancer that were formerly the province of the tabla drummer alone. He has also collaborated extensively with his wife, kathak dancer and singer Marni Ris.
Dana Pandey is a tabla player and percussionist who has been a student of Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain for over thirty years. Between 1984 and 2001 she was a member of the percussion ensemble Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience, and toured with the band throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Dana has performed with such artists as Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Terry Riley, L. Shankar, Mickey Hart, Aierto Moriera, and Vince Delgado, among others. In 2013 Dana was one of the musicians to perform with Zakir Hussain during the inaugural season at the SFJazz Center. She performed with Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, which was featured at the annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern University. She has toured in India with Zakir Hussain on several occasions and performed in Mumbai at the annual event, Homage to Ustad Allah Rakha. Dana was the recipient of a Smithsonian Performing Arts Fellowship to study tabla in India and spent six months in residence at the Sangeet Research Academy in Calcutta. She continues to teach privately and perform with many classical musicians, dancers, jazz musicians and contemporary artists.