January was a busy month with many concerts and traveling. February is a quiet month. No concerts, no traveling. Just some much needed time to go deep in the shed and do a lot of what Indian musicians call “riaz”, or dedicated practicing. Actually, it’s more than that, it’s sadhana, or a complete giving up of the self to the Muse of Music. Each day is full of singing, drumming, teaching, and composing. I have some specific musical problems to solve, and some long-range projects that need my attention. I am falling into the bliss of Naad, or the pure yoga of sound.
I’m very lucky that my close friend and guru-bhai Shawn Mativetsky is coming down to NJ tomorrow for a concert with me at William Paterson University. Shawn is an extraordinary tabla drummer. This is a real treat. I will sing ragas Bhimpalasi and Bhopali; he will accompany me on his jori drums. Then I will accompany him on harmonium while he plays a tabla solo.
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