Monthly Archives: October 2014

Beyond Borders

Aditya Kalyanpur, recently named by the Hindustan Times as one of Mumbai’s Fifty Young Stars (to be specific – he was number 3!) is a hugely versatile performer. He has performed often with Hindustani legends like flutist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and santoor player Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, but he also works with musicians from other traditions.

In the video below, Kalyanpur performs with Max ZT, who has been lauded by NPR as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammered Dulcimer”. Max ZT comes from an Irish-based training, but has augmented his palette to include Senegalese and Hindustani training as well. ZT actually studied under santoor maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma in Mumbai as well! (note that the hammer dulcimer and the santoor are essentially the same instrument — but of course the music and techniques vary considerably between traditions)

Also joining them onstage are percussionist Matt Pert, and Saili Oak Kalyanpur, a master vocalist and disciple of renowned vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande.