Current Newsletter ~ June 5th, 2015

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.

For more info see here and contact us at:

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.

Click here for more info on the Ahimsa project.

Thanks for your love & support always,

Shine your love & light, Om Yeshu Naam. - paul


RagaJazzMusic (audio blog)

Upcoming Performances 2016

January 14th at 3:00-8:00 pm

Standing Rock Benefit

Self Help Graphics
1300 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Tickets :
Buy Here

Arohi Ensemble

For more information : Standing Rock Benefit


January 21st at 8:30 pm

Classical Evening Ragas

Corazon Performing Arts
125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, California 90290

Tickets : $20 suggested donation and
noone turned away for lack of funds.
Includes beverages.
To RSVP call/text Gio at 310-795-1373
or email OR JUST SHOW UP!

Paul Livingstone - sitar
Neelamjit Dhillon - tabla

For more information : Classical Evening Ragas


March 4th at 4:00 pm

Arohi Ensemble with special guest

West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vincente Blv
West Hollywood, California 90069

Arohi Ensemble
Dwight Trible - vocals

For more information : Arohi Ensemble with special guest


RagaJazzMusic Presents:

Exploring Ragas & Rhythms

Ragas & Rhythms Pro Course Here

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

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

Pages from sitar instruction book

Peace & Music Shirts, Cards & Postage!

Salaam Suite
4 songs from my new cd & info on My Space

Listen now!

Indonesia Postmodern, cd released

'Indonesia 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.

Indonesia Postmodern

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

Salaam Suite cd

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 recording.

Click here for more info and to hear some tracks

To order the full length Salaam Suite cd
from CD Baby for only $12.97 please click here

Ozomatli 'Street 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 Award

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.”

Jugalbandi Concerts

I have been playing several sitar & violin jugalbandi concerts
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' & their Meso-American Peace Project.


Prayer for the New Year

Dear Creator Lord,

May we find in man today those who proclaim you bravely in love…
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 of war.
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 Z.





Arohi Ensemble

Quick Links





Ragason: Concierto en Tierra Luna, Xalapa (feat. Ramon Guitierrez & Paul Livingstone)
Concierto en Tierra Luna, Xalapa
(feat. Ramon Guitierrez & Paul Livingstone)
by RagaSON

ravi shankar tribute concert
Swapanji & Paul performed on April 10th
at Ravi Shankar Tribute Concert

photo by Bonnie Perkinson

  See more images of Ravi Shankar Tribute with Swapanji & Paul

Pandit Hom Nath Upadhyaya
Paul Livingstone

Pandit Hom Nath Upadhyaya and paul
Pandit Hom Nath Upadhyaya and Paul

2010 Oscar Nominated Film 'Kavi'
(composer of Indian music Paul Livingstone)
Learn more about Kavi and modern day slavery here!

live cd

shashanka paul
Paul performed at Norton Simon Museum with
Shashanka Bakshi - Kolkata, India


Sarodist Partho Sarathy I toured West Coast & Mexico
with 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

Violin jugalbandi ensemble at:


Paul & Pedro Eustache

after Arohi Ensemble REDCAT concert
photo by Tony Peres


Paul & John Bergamo in beautiful Piru

photo by Padu Bergamo