Musical Moods of India - Ragas of the Four Seasons Vol 1
Sheela Bringi - bansuri flute
Sheela Bringi sings and plays the indian classical bansuri (bamboo) flute, harmonium and harp. She has trained extensively in North Indian classical music traditions over the past 15 years, studying raga with India flute master Pandit G.S. Sated, maestro Aashish Khan and rhythm (tala) with tabla virtuoso Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Sheila has been shaped as an improviser by her work with diverse artists including Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor and Fred Firth during her MFA in world music performance from the California Institute of the Arts.
Ross Kent - sarod
Ross Kent sarod player and North Indian classical music teacher began his study of Indian music with the legendary sarod master Ali Akbar Khan in 1966. He is one of the founding members of the Ali Akbar College of Music, teaching there for many years and performing extensively throughout the USA, India and Canada. For over 20 years he has been the primary soloist and musical composer for the Vandana Kathak Dance Company and as a senior practitioner, he is particularly known for teaching, mentoring and inspiring dozens of younger students with his tireless enthusiasm and comprehensive knowledge.
Will Marsh - sitar
Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. He was initiated into the rich classical tradition of North Indian music by Ustad Aashish Khan (eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) while a student at the California Institute of the Arts. His commitment to this art form has made Will a member of a new generation of serious Indian musicians from the United States. He has also had the privilege of studying with sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya, from Mumbai India. Will completed his MFA in North Indian music from California Institute of the Arst in 2013. He now has begun concert tours with several artists including classical recitals with Daniel Paul and kirtan chanting programs with Jaya Lakshmi.
Daniel Paul - tabla
Fulbright India Scholar Daniel Paul earned his 9 year (Tal Vadya Bid) degree in the classical music of India from the Ali Akbar College of Music (aacm.org) under the guidance of the late Maestro Ali Akbar Khan and several of India’s great classical tabla masters (Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri and Jnan Prakash Ghosh). Throughout his career he has performed with a diverse group of musicians from bansuri flute master G.S. Sachdev, Kathak dance master Chitresh Das, and with many of today’s top kirtan chanting artists such as Snatam Kaur, Seattle’s Gina Salá and Grammy nominee Jai Uttal. He also specializes in the rare 16 piece melodic drumset, the tabla tarong.