Del Sol Performing Arts Organization & Alam Khan

Program Area(s)
Grantee NameDel Sol Performing Arts Organization
Address751 47th Avenue
San Francisco CA, 94121
United States

Sarodist Alam Khan and sitarist Arjun Verma are collaborating with composer Jack Perla and Del Sol Performing Arts Organization (Del Sol) to compose and perform KARUNA SUPREME, a series of ensemble works based on North Indian classical music and arranged for sarode, sitar, bowed string quartet, and tabla/drumset. “Karuna” means “compassionate action” in Sanskrit, and the project title points to the importance of this quality for peaceful creative and cultural exchanges. It serves as the foundation for the artists’ collaborative process. Alam Khan, the son and musical heir of sarode legend Ali Akbar Khan, is leading the composition process along with Arjun Verma, a musician trained in both Indian classical and Western classical music, and Jack Perla. They will use existing works of Ali Akbar Khan as inspiration to create new pieces that integrate Indian classical subtleties of melody, ornamentation, and rhythm with the rich orchestration techniques of Western classical music. Del Sol String Quartet, the ensemble within Del Sol Performing Arts Organization, has a long history of performing works from outside the realm of Western classical music. Its musicians have a highly developed framework of understanding, notating, and playing non-standard intonation, critical skills in rendering Indian classical music. KARUNA SUPREME will premiere at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco in March 2020, featuring Alam Khan (sarode), Arjun Verma (sitar), Del Sol Quartet (violins, viola, cello), and Nilan Chaudhuri (tabla/drumset).

Grant Amount$40000
Project Dates07/31/18 - 06/30/21
Serving United States/California/San Francisco/San Francisco

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