The UpLift Commissioned Series features musicians commissioned by the Hall to create one new song that reflects their emotions and experiences during the last year. Each song was performed and filmed on the Music Hall stage. The resulting videos will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook, and will be followed by an online discussion with the artist. The audience will be able to ask questions of the artists and interact with one another.
This event is free and open to the public, no ticket required!
Sitarist Veena Chandrais an internationally renowned musician, composer, and choreographer. Known for her skill and sensitivity as a performer, Chandra has been praised for her ability to communicate the beauty and complexity of North Indian classical music to the western listener. She is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, NY where she teaches Indian classical music. She has been a faculty member at Skidmore College since 1990, teaching sitar in the Music Department. She is also the Artist Associate in Sitar at Williams College.
Devesh Chandra has been learning the Tabla since the age of 3. He has learned Northern Indian Classical Music by accompanying his mother, Veena Chandra. Devesh is a sought after tabla player and educator. In addition to tabla solos and playing with Indian Classical Music, he has collaborated and worked with musicians across a broad range of musical genres from Western Folk and Western Classical to Flamenco and Jazz as well as Latin Music and Japanese Taiko.
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