Department of Music Offers New Course—Lessons in Indian Percussion, Fall 2007

Department of Music Offers New Course—Lessons in Indian Percussion, Fall 2007

Music 0540 - Course Number 22978

Instructor: Pandit Samir Chatterjee

Each lesson will be 1.5 hours. Students can choose to attend one of two lessons: 9-10:30am or 11-12:30am. Lessons will meet twice a month, on alternate weeks during the semester, on the following dates:

September: 10, 24 November: 5, 12, 26

October: 8, 22 December: 3

**To obtain a permission slip to register, please call the Music Department at 412.624.4126**

In this course, students will learn to play the famous percussion instrument, Tabla, a set of two drums used in classical, popular, and religious music of North India. The tabla accompanies vocal music and instruments, such as the sitar and sarod. It can also be heard in modern dance music styles including ambient and electronica. Lessons will focus on hand techniques, fundamental patterns (bols), rhythmic cycles (tal), and accompaniment styles.

Instructor Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world performing in festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western traditions. He can be heard on numerous recordings as soloist, as accompanist to many of India's greatest musicians, and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. Pandit Samir Chatterjee lives in New York, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with Pauline Oliveros, Ravi Coltrane, Myra Melford, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, among others. Pandit Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 25 years. For more information about Pandit Samir Chatterjee, please see: www.tabla.org/samir.html

For more information, please call the Music Department at 412.624.4126 or send an e-mail to Andrew Weintraub.