Abhik Mukherjee + Ehren Hanson
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.
About the Musicians
Abhik Mukherjee was born in Calcutta in a family that has a rich musical and educational heritage. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father Sri Tarit Kumar Mukherjee. His father took training of Vishnupur gharana from Sri Gaurhari Kabiraji and Abhik inherited some of his father’s rich treasures of Vishnupur gharana. Abhik is a gold medalist from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, with a Master’s in Musicology. Currently, a resident of New York, Abhik has performed all over the globe, sharing the stage with legends like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
Ehren Hanson (tabla) began learning tabla when he was 15 years old under Misha Masud of New York City. In 2000 he was accepted as a disciple by the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and has developed into an exciting performer and a dynamic teacher. Hanson went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002, and in 2005 he received the prestigious Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has had the honor of accompanying great musicians such as Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri, Steve Gorn, and others.