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On Thursday, April 5, at 12:10pm, Sharad Gurung and Sagar Khatiwada present a Bach’s Lunch Lecture, “East meets West: Connections between Nepali and Western Music.” The musicians will explore cultural sharing of musical instruments and traditional harmonies, with examples from genres including children's, devotional, and patriotic music. Instruments from their home country of Nepal will help illustrate their talk. Gurung describes his line of interest “to find an understanding and meeting point between arts and culture of various traditions of the world. I have chosen music to be that meeting point of understanding and sharing.”
Sharad Gurung (right) comes from a prominent musical family in Nepal; his late father Amber Gurung is considered an architect of Nepali Adhunik Sangeet, which translates in English as "Nepali contemporary music. After growing up “with one foot in Nepali and the other in Western music,” Gurung earned a degree in jazz piano performance from Berklee College of Music, becoming, along with his brothers, the first Nepalese to hold a degree in Western music. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in classical composition at The Longy School of Music, Boston, and was recently selected as the winner of the Radius music composition competition at Longy; the Radius ensemble played the premiere of his piece on March 3.
Sagar Khatiwada holds a Master’s degree in music from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. He was born in Nepal and comes from a very musical family; his brothers play the bamboo flute and sing. Khatiwada plays the tabla (a double drum with resonating surfaces on the top side) and the madal (a single drum with resonating surfaces on either end). He started playing in 1994, practicing every day for hours. After graduate work, he was a music instructor at a university in Nepal. In addition to his musical expertise, Khatiwada studied Sanskrit and is a Hindu priest.
Top photo by Becky Field: Himalaya Heritage musicians (l-r) Shyam Nepali, Harimaya Adhikari, and Sagar Khatiwada.
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Much more than Bach, the Bach's Lunch series explores a range of musical topics and genres in informal, free, lunch-hour lectures and concerts the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through June.
Bach's Lunch lectures and concerts are held in the Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord; they begin at 12:10 and conclude by 12:50 p.m. Bring your lunch - and your friends!
The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund and The Couch Trusts; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
The Recital Hall at Concord Community Music School is on the Wall Street side of the building. It can be accessed via the doors on Wall Street (only open during Recital Hall events) or through the main entrance of the Music School on the Fayette Street side of the building. Please call for information: 603-228-1196.
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