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Acoustic Mandala Project

Spiral Music

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Acoustic Mandala Project performs raga-based ambient music. It began as a recording project with David Ellenbogen (guitars) and Joshua Geisler (bansuri), an experiment to see what would happen if they created soundscapes that were true to the “just intonation” system used in raga music but rarely used in the West.

After they finished their first album, Geisler left New York while Ellenbogen continued and evolved the project. The music became sound-rich meditations—with gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and other sounds. At the same time it was groove based, marked by the rhythms Ellenbogen was exposed to in his travels through South America, Asia, and West Africa.

For this performance Ellenbogen will be joined by Dan Kurfirst (percussion), and the groove element will be explored more deeply. Kurfirst is a NYC-based percussionist, composer, and improviser. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, his music reflects his upbringing among a variety of cultures,. His playing incorporates aspects of Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian music, while clearly rooted in the jazz and rock traditions of his upbringing.