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Tomchess and Roshni Samlal

Spiral Music

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. This week Tomchess and Roshni Samlal are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.


About the Musicians


Tomchess (oud, ney) is a New York City”“based multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer who has performed and recorded with some of the most esteemed players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson) as well as Moroccan sintirist Hassan Hakmoun. He has performed at notable venues around the world and in New York City including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, and the Turkish and Pakistani embassies. He has played on Grammy-nominated recordings and was awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and the Maryland Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Roshni Samlal is a New York”“based tabla player who hails from the West Indies, where she was initiated into the tradition of Indian classical music by her vocalist father. She has continued her tutelage in the Benares style of tabla playing under Shri Tapan Modak and is currently a student of the epic Farukhbad exponent, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. While her passion is Indian classical tabla, she has also played folk, jazz, and other genres. Samlal has performed at notable local venues such as the Knitting Factory, Pianos, and the Bitter End.