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Mass-Rhythm: Music Festival
A Union Of Traditions From Across The Globe

Amit Kavthekar

Mass-Rhythm: Music Festival
A Union of traditions from accross the globe

About Mass-Rhythm: Our Vision:

On October 15th, 2016 we brought together leading musicians and artists, whose styles are often not showcased as one, to create a never-before heard Live Music Festival, Mass-Rhythm. Audiences got to witness cultures colliding through live-improvisation and experience new traditions and musical styles not yet known. This festival was held in the Burlington MA, featuring up-to seven musicians and traditions at a time.

Driven by the desire to bring preeminent artists from across the world to you, we ask you to be a part of the dream to connect cultures through the powerful art of music. The hope is to create a dialogue amongst artists that will help to unite and elevate their respective traditions. Simultaneously our desire is to contribute to the cultural fabric of our society by sharing musical traditions rarely seen in the United States.

About the Festival Director, Amit Kavthekar:
As a professional percussionist with over 25 years of experience, I have connected with leading musicians from South Africa to Chile, from Japan to Italy in concert. I seek to unite these world class artists in a thrilling cross-cultural collaboration between Indian classical music and various other musical traditions. He is Dean of Percussion in New England School of Music.

Mike Rivard: Bass
Boubacar Diabate: Vocalist
Amit Kavthekar: Tabla
Kunal Gunjal: Santoor
Max ZT: Hammered Dulcimer
Darlene Dhillon: Kathak dance
Fabio Pirozzolo: Percussion
Dean Johnston: Drums

The various acts of the Oct. 15th concert consisted of:

1- Started with talented Santoor maestro Kunal Gunjal and Amit Kavthekar (Indian classical )

2- Fabio ( tambourine), Amit (tabla), Michael (Sintir) and Dean ( Drums) - This unique combination of instruments and artists played pieces called Funky Chaar and Hamdushi

3- Kathak solo by Darlene Dhillon (disciple of Pt Chitresh Das)

4- Hammered Dulcimer solo by Max ZT with Amit Kavthekar on Tabla

5- African Mali singer Boubacar sung songs in language Bamra and accompanied by Kunal on Santoor- Amit on Tabla- Michael on Sintir and Dean on Drums

6- Finale with all artists together on stage.

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