I’m a very lucky man, indeed. This month Branan Silvius Dubh is here in the U.S., living in our upstairs room. We’re doing riaz (practicing) together every day, and we just performed our first concert together a few days ago. Branan is a senior student of Gundecha Brothers and an amazing singer. His voice is silky smooth and he blends with the tanpura (the drone instrument) in the most lovely way. He’s been studying Dhrupad much longer than I have and has a very deep and heartfelt knowledge of the music. Every time we sit down to sing it’s essentially a lesson for me. I’m listening hard and doing my best to learn as much as I can from him.
The first concert was a success. Now we embark upon a real vocal adventure, with a string of concerts in a row. Six concerts in seven days to be precise. I’m excited to share this wonderful music with our audiences here in the U.S. I’m grateful to Branan for being so generous with his knowledge. I’m also grateful to our Gurujis for everything they’ve taught us and to the Dhrupad Music Institute of America for their support of the tour.
Please see the schedule page for more information. I hope to see you at some of our shows!