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Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Memorial Hindustani Music Festival


Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Memorial Hindustani Music Festival

Concert#1: Sri. George Ruckert (Sarod)
Lec-dem: Sri. George Ruckert
Concert#2: Sri. Bruce Hamm (Sarod), Sri. Peter van Gelder(Sitar)

When: Sunday, November 8 @ 4PM
Where: Wong Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Tickets: Members 
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General Admission/Non-members - $30
Non-MIT Students - $15; Seniors - $25

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Sri. George Ruckert is a Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT; MA, Music Theory and Composition, Queens College; Gayan Vadya Bid, Ali Akbar College, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, UC Berkeley. After receiving a master's in western theory and composition, he became a student of the renowned Indian sarodist, Ali Akbar Khan in 1967. A co-founder and administrator of this master's important center for North Indian classical music in California, he has also performed and taught this music widely in the US, Canada, India, and Europe, and has composed for orchestra, film, and dance productions, as well as published five books on the classical music of North India. His recent publication of the fiddle music of Cape Breton's John Campbell will be published this year.

Being an acutely talented musician and one of the foremost disciples of Ali Akbar Khan, the legendary Indian sitar virtuoso, George could have easily chosen an illustrious career path of an immensely successful and popular professional player that he is. It's only the extreme providence of the students at MIT and the larger community of Indian Classical music enthusiasts that he instead chose to dedicate his abundant talent to serve the cause of music at a grassroots level by opting to teach music at MIT, thus exposing generations of music lovers at MIT and beyond to the richness of Indian Classical Music.

Sri. Bruce Hamm is a long time student of the great sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has pursued a serious and continuous study of instrumental and vocal music with his Guru for the last 30 years.Since 1981 he has been an instructor at the Ali Akbar College in San Rafael.Mr. Hamm has performed numerous solo concerts in India and the US.

Sri. Peter van Gelderbegan his study of Sitar with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan in California and later in India where he spent years learning from the Khan family, notably Smt. Annapurna Devi (sister of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.) Returning to California he resumed his study with Maestro Khan and became junior instructor at the newly formed Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.

In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious A.I.I.S. Performance Fellowship from University of Chicago. He was Artist in Residence at Allauddin School of Music in Canada, and in 1991 he initiated a Music of India course at World College West. He continues to give sitar instruction at Ali Akbar College of Music.

A well known figure to Bay Area concertgoers, he has performed with world famous musicians including Zakir Hussain, Chitresh Das, and Lalgudi Krishnan. He has composed and collaborated on music for films and dance dramas, and his lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world, from Europe to the Fiji Islands as well as India and China. He has given concerts and lectures in universities throughout America.

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