Name: Guy L. Beck
Address: 3 Cocodrie Court Kenner, LA 70065
Misc. Info: I have studied Hindustani vocal music since 1976, beginning with six years in India at the Tansen Music College (Seniya Gharana). I have also learned from Sri Ashish Goswami, disciple of Late Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (Patiala Gharana), Pandit Arun Bhaduri (Kirana Gharana) and presently from Pandit Vijay Kichlu (Agra Gharana), Founder/Director of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Calcutta. I am the first American to perform at an All-India Music Conference (1977). My other skills include the devotional music of the temples of Mathura and Vrindaban, and Bengali Kirtan. My two CD's are called SACRED RAGA (New Orleans, 1999), and SANJHER PRADIP (Calcutta, 2004). At present I give concerts and lecture/demonstrations at colleges and universities. I have also published a book, SONIC THEOLOGY: HINDUISM AND SACRED SOUND, which explains the Hindu philosophy of sound and music. My current project is a large CD archive of Vaishnava temple songs recorded in north India.
Name: Hans Gruenig
Field: Tabla / Some Sitar
Address: New Orleans, LA
Telephone: (504) 862-9930
Misc. Info: I'm a former Ali Akbar College of Music student (Swapan Choudhury / Lucknow Gharana). I'm a member of the group, "The Rishis"; I play with Hindustani-vocalist Sean Johnson in concerts and chanting classes at the New Orleans Yoga Center. I could get someone started on tablas and /or may be able to hook you up with a more advanced teacher (should one be in town.
Name: Andrew McLean
Field: Tabla, vocal, strings (sarode, sitar, guitar), other instrumental (violin, bansuri)
Address: 425 1st St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 975-3786
Misc. Info: Received training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri since 1996. Recorded and performed with sarode maestro Ustad Aashish Khan in traditional and fusion settings co-leading the Indo-New Orleans group Shringar. I teach vocal, tabla and instrumental classes in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington areas. Earned a B.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA and recently contributed to Louisiana's New Populations research program by documenting the maintenance of Indian Classical music in Louisiana.
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