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LearnQuest Music Conference 2017

Press Release
04/14/2017

For the past eleven years, on every Easter weekend, LearnQuest Academy of Music has presented a grand festival of Indian classical Music. Keeping with this tradition, this year the 12th annual LearnQuest music festival will be held on Friday-Sunday, April 14-16 at the Center of Fine Arts at Regis College, Weston, MA. As in the past, the festival will feature great maestros and rising stars of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music.

One of the goals of the festival is to expose the community and the music students to the highest level of musicianship in Indian Classical Music, both in Hindustani and Carnatic styles.Based in Waltham MA, LearnQuest Academy of Music is a music school that offers instruction in various disciplines of Hindustani and Carnatic music.

This year the LearnQuest festival brings an exciting array of vocal, instrumental, jugalbandi and fusion concerts which promises to satisfy a wide palette of musical tastes. It includes some rarely heard combinations of instruments such as a Sitar-Sarangi jugalbandi by a team of young musicians Rajib Karmarkar and Sohail Khan with Pt. Sandip Das on Tabla.

A highlight of this year's conference includes several musician-brother teams. They include the well-known Gundecha Brothers (Dhrupad singers), Trichur Brothers (Carnatic vocalists), Iyer Brothers (Carnatic Veena duo) and Rajnish and Ritesh Mishra (Hindustani vocalists), sons of the eminent Hindustani vocalist Pt. Rajan Mishra.

Among the senior, distinguished featured carnatic artists are Sangeetha Choodamani Vidhwan O.S. Thiagarajan, and the inimitable Kadri Gopalnath on Saxophone with master violinist Kanyakumari, who is the recipient of the coveted Sangeetha Kalanidhi award of 2016. The Hindustani lineup includes the eminent and highly acclaimed vocalist Aarti Ankalikar and the slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

The festival will also feature illustrious, young and upcoming Hindustani vocalist Ruchira Panda and Carnatic vocalist Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam.

Damru, an exciting instrumental ensemble consisting of young, outstanding Carnatic and Hindustani musicians from Chennai will present a Hindustani-Carnatic instrumental fusion music concert.

LearnQuest partners with local music organizations to bring Indian classical music of the highest quality to the New England area. The concerts on Friday, April 14th at the Regis College by Trichur Brothers and Aarti Ankalikar will be presented in collaboration with MITHAS of MIT. As in the previous years, the finale concert of the festival on Sunday, April 16th at Sanders Theater, Cambridge MA, in collaboration with World Music, promises to be a musical treat, and will feature the tabla legend Ustad Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma on the Santoor.

We hope all music lovers can join us to enjoy the 2017 music festival. 

For details and tickets please visit http://learnquest.org





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