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LearnQuest Announces 10th Annual Music Conference

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LearnQuest Announces 10th Annual Music Conference Culminating With a 3-Day Grand Music Festival

10 days of musical events features eminent and budding classical musicians from India and the US

LearnQuest Academly of Music, a non-profit institution devoted to providing formal instruction in both Hindustani and Carnatic styles of Indian Classical Music, announced its 10th annual ten-day Music Conference culminating with a 3-day grand music festival on April 3-5 at Regis College in Weston, MA. Leading up to the conference the academy will also host exciting concerts and informative lecture demonstrations.

The music conference will begin with two kick-off concerts by highly accomplished artists and teachers from the New England area – a Hindustani vocal recital by Swati Panda and a sitar recital by Jawwad Noor on March 7, and Carnatic vocal recitals by Uma Sankar and Bhuvana Ganesh on March 14. These kick-off concerts will be followed by an exciting concert, on Sunday, March 29, featuring the tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, a star Hindustani flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and a star Carnatic violinist Ganesh Rajagopal of the famous violin duo Ganesh-Kumaresh together with six Celtic musicians on flute, fiddles, guitar and bodhran. The concert will be hosted at The Somerville Theater by Boston’s prestigious music organization World Music and will be a part of the annual LearnQuest music conference.

Following the Zakir Hussain’s concert the conference will feature four lecture demonstrations by well-known musicians and scholars namely, George Ruckert of MIT, Ken Zuckerman from Switzerland, and Rekha Mennon and Jerry Leake both from Berklee College of Music.

These ten days of musical events, which marks the 10th anniversary of the LearnQuest’s annual music conference, will culminate with a three-day grand music festival of Indian classical music from April 3 through April 5, 2015 at Regis College in Weston, MA.

As in the previous years, the artist line-up of the festival includes some of the preeminent leading senior musicians as well as outstanding star performers of the younger generation. The Hindustani vocal line-up includes the well-known Dhrupad exponents Gundecha Brothers, and highly acclaimed khayal singers Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Indrani Mukherjee, and Dattatreya Velankar; the Carnatic line-up includes the renowned vocalists S. Sowmya, Malladi Brothers and a young vocalist Abhishek Raghuram who has recently made a big splash on the Carnatic music scene in India.

The instrumental artist line-up includes the renowned saxophone Maestro Kadri Gopalnath, the prodigious flautist Maestro Shashank, sitar virtuoso Ustad Nishat Khan, a renowned flutist of the Maihar Gharana Pt. Rupak Kulkarni, and two young outstanding instrumentalists, Gupta Brothers, who will perform a sitar-sarod jugalbandi. A noteworthy inclusion in the line-up is a percussion ensemble, Laya Vinyasa, consisting of highly accomplished young musicians from the Boston area and Washington DC area – Sowmia Narayanan on ghatam, Amit Kavthekar on tabla, Pravin Sitaram and Tarun Bangalore on mridangam, and Kamala Kiran on violin.

For more information about the LearnQuest Music Conference please visit:

About LeanQuest Academy:
LearnQuest is a non-profit institution devoted to providing formal instruction in Indian Classical Music, both Hindustani and Carnatic Styles. Classes are held in Waltham, Acton and Andover, MA on Saturdays and some weekday evenings. The academy includes among its faculty a team of accomplished and experienced teachers of Indian music in the New England area as well as visiting musicians.

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