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    Raga, Tala, Rasa: A Night of North Indian Classical Music with Donya Reeza

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    Join us for a night of musical splendor and homage to the rich tradition of North Indian classical music! The Donya Reeza ensemble will present enchanting compositions and explorations in a variety of ragas on sitar duet and vocal duet with tabla accompaniment. Alexander Karvelas and Mazyar Karandish (of Mah ze Tar) on sitar and vocals, Josh Mellinger on tabla. 

    Donya Reeza is a music project devoted to the modal traditions of North India, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Co-founded in 2017 by Alexander Karvelas and Mazyar Karandish, this collective presents expansive repertoires of North Indian, Persian, Turkish, and Greek music, illuminating the unique creative genius of these cultures as well as their commonalities, mutual influence, and shared histories. Tonight’s program welcomes Josh Mellinger on tabla: Josh graduated from the California Institute of the Arts majoring in Percussion Performance, and has been studying tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for 14 years at CalArts and the Ali Akbar College of Music. Building on years of intensive study under master musicians, the musicians of Donya Reeza weave a sonorous tapestry of cross-cultural inspiration with the mission of promoting and celebrating the vitality of these diverse music traditions, their storied legacies and their living communities.

    **This concert acts as a culmination of a 3-week educational course on Hindustani music. The concert ticket is included in the course tuition. If you're curious and would like to learn more, click here.

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