This is the first newsletter since Alma & I we're married in August of last year. We have been blessed with a beautiful home near the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena (where I grew up) and have been active producing new music, teaching and working hard with mother nature tending the soil and growing organic food.
We feel so blessed with our own place to work, play and share our creative spirits in this diverse and creative community. We have also hosted several sessions of Yeshu Bhakti Satsang, a Christ-centric worship in Indian style.
We are beginning 'World Arts Altadena' community classes for children and youth this summer; July 27th-August 7th. Open house event is Sunday, July 19th, including music, drama, movement & crafts.
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We are now preparing for a fall release of the new Arohi cd, 'Ahimsa', dedicated to the power of the non-violent legacy of Chavez, Gandhi & King. The Ahimsa project will include a West Coast/Mexico tour of a multi-media concert production with Partho Sarathy, Pedro Eustache, Abhijit Banerjee, Peter Jacobson & Dave Lewis. The group will be celebrating the redemptive power of non-violence.
This is the place for serious western musicians to dive into the teeming ocean of Indian music. Jump into some intriguing musical repertoire and see how this tradition can bring creative inspiration and ideas into your own music! This is an in-depth, no nonsense course with simple to understand explanations that are not simplistic. The course offers repertoire chosen specifically for playing on western instruments and we are committed to making this material immediately effective and accessible in a musical language you understand.
The Ragas & Rhythms Pro Course will give you an authentic understanding and ear for this music. On the path you'll become a better skilled musician armed with sonic possibilities inspired by the age old music system of India. Join us today and lock in a discounted rate for your first three months of study. Lets dive into the evocative world of raga music and the exciting rhythms of Indian music for singing or playing on western instruments. For musicians of any style.
Sitar Talim is a high quality sitar instructional book with practice cd. Talim is the passing
of knowledge & I believe this book will become an invaluable resource for students of sitar. Questions contact me at email@example.com
Pages from sitar instruction book
Peace & Music Shirts, Cards & Postage!
4 songs from my new cd &
info on My Space
Postmodern' is a collection of film music on which I performed sitar & requinto with gamelan instruments, with funds going
towards rebuilding the ISI Arts Institute that was destroyed by the recent
earthquake in Java.
I composed & performed the Indian music
for this new Albert Brooks film released on Jan 20th. Azam
Ali (voice), Pedro (bansuri), Jagan (violin), Abhijit (tabla),
Hom Nath (tabla & tarang), Peter (cello) worked with
us on the music with composer Michael Giacchino 'The Incredibles'.
A hilarious story of what happens when the U.S. Government
sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find
out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region
laugh. It's a funny flick that wouldn't get released by Sony
because of fears of the word Muslim in the title. The website
for the film www.lookingforcomedy.com
My new cd called 'Salaam Suite' is now available, a collection
of songs & instrumentals calling for unity, awareness,
peace & justice is now available. Members of Ozomatli,
Quetzal & Kan Zaman Ensemble are featured on the new
To order the full length Salaam Suite cd
from CD Baby for only $12.97 please click
Signs' wins Grammy
Ozo won their 2nd grammy award on Street Signs.
I played sitar on the track 'Believe'. Look for their
newest cd to be released soon!
LA Music Week
On Dec 15th I received an award from LA Music Week’
and certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles
from District #1 Councilman Ed Reyes.
The award & certificate are “In appreciation
of your pioneering music in our community and dedicating
your life in teaching the rich multicultural heritage of
music to our youth, therefore making our city a better place
in which to live.”
I have been playing several sitar & violin jugalbandi
with A Grade All India Radio artist Jaganathan Ramamoorthy.
Indonesia & APPEX
Paul spent the summer of '04 on an APPEX Fellowship in
Bali and also visited Jogyakarta in Central Java to celebrate
the 100th birthday master musician & teacher of Pak
Chokro. APPEX was a wonderful collaborative creative experience
with an amazing group of puppeteers, dancers and musicians
from India, Philippines, Malaysia, Java, Bali & US.
Foundation for Self Suffiency in Central America
I took my daughter Isabela
to El Salvador for the Zone of Peace Tour. Check out
this great organiztion 'Center for Self Sufficiency in Central America' www.fssca.net & their Meso-American Peace Project.
Prayer for the New Year
Dear Creator Lord,
May we find in man today those who proclaim you bravely
not in fear & hate.
May we build up those who stand firm in the truth…
not deceiving with double talk.
May we teach unity of humankind…
not blinding ourselves with divisive nationalism.
May we stand for justice… and lift our voices against
oppression & inequality.
May we work daily for peace… opposing the machineries
In the face of all calamities and injustice…
May we trust that you will reveal in us a great light and
your Spirit of unconquerable love.
Paul performed at Norton Simon
Museum with Shashanka Bakshi - Kolkata, India
Sarodist Partho Sarathy I toured West Coast & Mexico
Abhijit Banerjee (India/US Jugalbandi Ensemble).
Partho is one of the finest classical musicians from India and
a senior disciple of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Parthoda was also an integral part of out Sangeet Yatra experience this past winter in Kolkata!
India/US Jugalbandi Trio
Trio dvd available
contact: Jagan Jagan Ramamoorthy - violin
Abhijit Banerjee ~ tabla
Paul Livingstone ~ sitar