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Eric Fraser + Anirban Roy-Chowdhury

Spiral Music

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Eric Fraser (bansuri) + Anirban Roy-Chowdhury (tabla)

Eric Fraser is an accomplished bansuri flute player based in Brooklyn, New York (and Kolkata, India, where he learns from his guru, Pandit Gopal Roy). He is an exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing, and has performed to mesmerized audiences in America and India, including radio performances (NPR morning edition & WKCR new york). He has performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn, and Bollywood film composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall.

Known for its purity and antiquity, Eric’s “gayaki” or vocal style of bansuri flute playing vividly conjures an old world India. He has been learning intensively in the guru/sishya parampara tradition under the training of his guru Pt. Gopal Roy since 2003. With playing that rings with authenticity, subtlety, and lilting tone, Eric takes listeners on a journey to a timeless musical world.

Eric is a 2011 Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music, and has a diverse background playing for Indian classical dance, as well as in projects ranging from Jazz, World, Indie and more. Aside from playing Indian classical flute, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and a music therapist (MA, MT-BC).


Anirban Roy Chowdhury, born in a musical family in Assam, India, is an able young representative of the Punjab gharana of tabla.
Anirban’s tutelage started at a very young age from his father Akhil Roy Chowdhury and brother Animesh Roy Chowdhury. Following a few years of training from the legendary UstadAllarakha Khan, he underwent intensive training in tabla of the Punjab gharana under his disciple Yogesh Samsi. Anirban also received intermittent guidance from world renowned maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain. He holds a Sangeet Visharad degree (BMus) in tabla from Bhatkhande Sangeet MahavidyalayaLucknow & Sangeet Nipun (M Mus) from Bangiya SangeetParishad, Kolkata.