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Join us at the Music School for a special Bach's Lunch Concert with members of the Himalaya Heritage Music Group
Thursday, April 12, at 12:10pm, members of the Himalaya Heritage Music Group in a Bach’s Lunch Concert entitled “Nepali Music in America: A New Tradition.” The musicians are Sharad Gurung, keyboards; Sushil Gautam, sarangi & mouth harp; Harimaya Adhikari, harmonium & vocals; and Sagar Prem Khatiwada, tabla. The performers, all native to Nepal, are highly trained in these musical traditions and sought after for public concerts and traditional celebrations throughout New England.
Photo by Becky Field: Himalaya Heritage musicians (l-r) Shyam Nepali, Harimaya Adhikari, and Sagar Prem Khatiwada.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Harimaya Adhikari, originally from Nepal, holds a Master’s in music from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, and taught music at a university in Nepal. She sings and plays the harmonium, a hand-pumped reed organ. Adhikari performs for Indian, Bhutanese, and Nepali communities in New Hampshire and throughout the Northeast, especially for religious events and important traditional celebrations. She plays classical Indian music as well as sacred and popular tunes, and composes some of her own music in the South Asian traditions. Adhikari joined the Music School faculty in 2017 and teaches as part of the new South Asian traditional music department.
Sushil Gautam graduated from Tribhuvan Universit in his native Nepal in 2002. He dedicated years of work toward the preservation and promotion of Nepalese ethnic musical instruments and culture, including writing a book on the sarangee (a traditional Nepalese bowing instrument) and helping to establish Music Museum of Nepal in Kathmandu. In addition to his work as a Nepali language interpreter and instructor for foreign students, international travelers, and diplomats, Gautam has performed on stages in Nepal, India, China, Europe, and the United States. Now a permanent resident of the US, Gautam lives and works in Massachusetts.
Sharad Gurung 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 pursuing a master's degree in classical composition at The Longy School of Music, Boston, and was the recent winner of the Radius music composition competition at Longy; the Radius ensemble played the premiere of his piece in March.
Sagar Prem 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. He joined the Music School faculty in 2017 and teaches as part of the new South Asian traditional music department.
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Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through May, in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord.
“Music of the Americas” is the theme of this year’s Bach’s Lunch programs, which follows upon last year’s series entitled “Musical Migrations.” Throughout this year’s series, programs will feature music of North, Central, and South America, reflecting the many cultural traditions present in the Western Hemisphere. As a member of the Steering Committee of Welcoming Concord, the Music School has multiple programs that advance the goal of warmly welcoming New Americans into the cultural, economic, and civic life of the region.
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.
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