Renown sarangi player, sultan khan, first came under the international spotlight in 1974 during the dark horse tour with ravi shankar and george harrison. he also worked on the soundtrack to gandhi. currently sultan khan is a very significant influence in the world of Indian fusion. he is featured prominently with talvin singh on zakir hussain's tabla beat science (axiom records)
Ustad Sultan Khan is one of the foremost sarangi players of India, renowned for the emotional depth of his playing, and his extraordinary technical and melodic control over this difficult string instrument. He is one of the representatives of the Indore Gharana, made famous by Ustad Amir Khan. A scion of illustrious lineage of sarangi players, beginning his training at age seven, he learned the rudiments from his father, Ustad Gulab Khan who was both an accomplished sarangi player and a vocalist. A little wonder then that the Ustad like his father, always punctuates his concerts with vocal Amir khani nuances. When he picks up the sarangi to lilting Sargams where he has left off vocally, the succeeding notes emerge in continuation as though the sarangi sings. His systematic Badhat, exquisite Gamaks, and intricate Tans make his performances unique and soulful.
Ustad Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11, and since then has become to be recognized on an international scale, performing along with Pandit Ravi Shankar on former Beatle, George Harrison 1974 Dark Horse World Tour. He has won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also know as the President's Award, as well as being a recipient of the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra, and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. In 1997 he had the honor and privledge of playing for Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration.
Ustad Sultan Khan also has composed and recorded music for films, such as In Custody, and Ghandi. But, his true devotion and love lie in playing the classical music of India.
Zakir Hussain, son of the late tabla player Alla Rakha, is the foremost tabla player of his generation. He has contributed enormously to the world-wide popularity of Indian music with is percussion-led albums and fusion work. Zakir has worked continuously with Ravi Shankar, Kronos, Shakti and countless of other artists. His most recent solo album, Tabla Beat Science, can be found on Axiom Records. India has called Zakir Hussain a living treasure and given him the title of Phenomena.
Paul Bowles (1910-1999)
It is Paul Bowles's flamboyant life that most fascinates people -- his friendships, his appetites, his controversial marriage, his leftist politics, his voluntary exile to Morocco, and his stature as a countercultural and gay icon. Novelist, composer,expatriate and rebel – Paul Bowles is one of the most compelling and mythologized figures in twentieth-century American culture. Remarkably gifted, Bowles entered the vibrant art and literary world of the late 1920s and early '30s as a poet and composer. He studied music with composer Aaron Copland and was a friend of Gertrude Stein, W. H. Auden,Carson McCullers, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Ned Rorem, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs. After he moved to Tangier Bowles began writing fiction: The Delicate Prey, The Spider's House, Let It Come Down, and The Sheltering Sky, which he wrote in 1947, and which was immediately hailed as a classic. Bill Laswell legendary bassist and producer went with the Metastation team to Tangier, recorded Bowles, and set his words to ambient landscapes. This collaborative effort resulted in Baptism of Solitude, which contains excerpts from his novels and poems. Baptism of Solitude is the only record this great American writer has allowed of his poetry to be recorded.