Sitar player, composer to release new album, play on U.S. tour

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Purbayan Chatterjee’s latest album Saath Saath, featuring 7 ragas for morning and night and recorded in Mumbai March 2022, is set for release September 9, 2022. Co-written with flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, the record is being performed and toured in both the United States and United Kingdom throughout September and October. The debut album performance took place at New York’s Carnegie Hall, August 14.

Purbayan’s music aims to bridge cultures as he searches for new voices, interpreting the classical approach in new and innovative ways, a press release said, and was inspired by his immersion in Indian classical music of masters like Ustad Ali Akbar and jazz greats like Ornette Coleman.

Saath Saath was recorded with lifelong friend Rakesh Chaurasia, and features Ojas Adhiya on tabla and Taufiq Qureshi in a small chamber orchestra environment in one or sometimes 2 takes. The album’s progress follows the passing of day and night, with the first half of the album dedicated to the more soothing morning ragas and the latter night ragas, building to a crescendo.

Purbayan began his life in music at 5 years old, when his father, the guru Shri Parthapratim Chatterjee gave him a sitar and introduced him to the music of Nikhil Banerjee from the school of Baba Alauddin Khan.

Full tour dates here

14th August       New York City, Carnegie Hall

15th to 17th Sept Charlotte, North Carolina

17th Sept         Irvine, Barclay Theater (only Rakesh ji)

23rd Sept         Richmond, Indiana,  Earlham College

24th Sept         Austin, Bates Recital Hall

25th Sept         Boston, TBA

30th Sept         Chicago, World Music Festival

1st Oct           Scranton, PA,The theatre

2nd Oct           Sunnyvale, CA TBA

7th Oct           Houston, Matchbox4

8th Oct           Los Angeles, Herrick Memorial Chapel

9th Oct           Minneapolis, Recital Hall of St. Catherine

University, Minnesota

16th Oct          London, Darbar Festival Barbican (UK)

21st Oct          Seattle, Eastside Baha’i Center

22nd Oct          Boulder, Colorado, The Dairy Center

23rd Oct          New York City, Merkin Concert Hall



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