In the Moment: Music for Sarode and Tabla

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)
Los Angeles, CA 90089

The performance of North Indian raga music is spontaneous music-making within a highly structured traditional framework of melody and rhythm. It is also tied to the time of day and season of performance and the immediate relationship of the performers and their audience. David Trasoff and Abhijit Banerjee are both masters of the craft of raga performance and will create a unique musical experience for the participants.

This free concert, part of the Mindful USC initiative, features:

David Trasoff

Internationally renowned sarode performer David Trasoff studied North Indian classical music with the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan since 1973. He has appeared in concert in arts centers, universities, conservatories and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has made numerous performing tours in India. David served as Director of the Indian Music Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Pomona College and the Rotterdam Conservatory CODARTS program and has composed and performed music for numerous film, theater and dance projects. In 2012 David was named the Patel Visiting Distinguished Professor of Indian Music Studies at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music, the first Western performer of Indian music so honored.  

Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after tabla artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Beginning his study at the age of four, Abhijit is considered one of the main disciples of the late Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Abhijit has accompanied many of the top stars of Hindustani classical music including Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, and is equally renowned as a soloist. In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu. Abhijit has founded the Dhwani Academy of Percussion with branches in Los Angeles and Kolkata. 

Co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Brain and Creativity Institute and the USC Thornton School of Music.


Event Type

Arts, Music


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


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