For Immediate Release
Purbayan Chatterjee & Rakesh Chaurasia
New Album Saath Saath Out Now
Purbayan Chatterjee an Ali Akbar College of Music Scholar
Special Homecoming Performance & Tour
Purbayan Chatterjee spent most of his 20’s studying at the Ali Akbar College of Music, founded by the great sarod master, Ustad Ali Akbar in San Rafael, CA! He is touring the U.S. in mid-September with a homecoming performance in Sunnyvale, CA.
(Mumbai, India) — Purbayan Chatterjee and Rakesh Chaurasia are excited to announce their current U.S. tour and upcoming album Saath Saath!
While on tour, Purbayan and Rakesh will be presenting the worldwide debut of his newest album Saath Saath, featuring 7 ragas for morning and night. The concerts will be an enchanting evening as Purbayan describes the set he has planned, “We have designed the recording like a performance of our music. The record like a performance starts with a spiritual and Ad-Lib Alap & Jod followed by ragas matched with the time of day (per our tradition) and as the pieces of the recorded increment the performance rises to a crescendo with a relatively quieter end with raga Bhairavi.”
Ahead of the tour and album, Purbayan and Rakesh have released the album singles “Yaman Madhya Laya,” “Yaman Drut” and “Bhairavi” out now on Believe/Purbayan Chatterjee’s imprint. Drawing inspiration from the spirit of the raga tradition, Purbayan channels his early-life mentor and Indian classical master Nikhil Bannerjee, whilst on the search for a new voice on the new single and album with flutist and lifelong friend, Rakesh Chaurasia.
All of the ragas were recorded and filmed at “THE AUDIO GUYS” studios in Bombay on March 2022, with the album release out now and available everywhere you stream music. A self-confessed gear geek, Purbayan gives us a little peek behind the recording process commenting, “I am a very dedicated user of my Buddha Systems microphone which was especially handcrafted by my friend Ashok in Germany. Apart from that Jai Krishnan and Aditya Srinivasan, the engineers have used some high-end ribbon microphones and I dare not give away their secrets!”
The new album was co-written with flutist Rakesh Chaurasia, and the record will be performed and toured in both the United States and the United Kingdom throughout September and October. Kicking off the tour and a highlight, the collective performed at the highly anticipated Festival of India@75 presented by the Indo-American Arts Council in partnership with the Consulate General of India in New York and Carnegie Hall. Another highlight performance is happening at London’s Barbican as part of the Darbar Festival on October 16th. The U.S. tour takes Chatterjee back to California for three dates. He spent much of his 20s in the Bay Area immersed in study with music legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain at the esteemed Ali Akbar College of Music in San Raffael. It was during his time stateside, that he discovered musical influences from around the world, especially jazz, and musicians like Ornette Coleman; leaving an impression that is celebrated with his most recent album Unbounded.
For the upcoming shows, audiences can expect an exciting and elevating show lasting from 60 to 90 minutes -depending on the venue. And at the Carnegie Hall, the main showcase of the new album Saath Saath is self-described as the words translate to synergy, or doing something together. For Purbayan this is the basic spirit in which his music is always made. He comments, “ It is the chemistry between the musicians on stage. We and Rakesh Chaurasia have years of playing together and all 3 of us are connected socially. We travel together, make music and our wives are great friends. The chemistry we share as friends and colleagues reflect on stage. The witty musical repartees are but an extension of the jokes we share off stage.”
Full tour dates here:
14th August New York, Carnegie Hall
15th – 16th Sept Charlotte, North Carolina, (only Purbayan Chatterjee)
17th Sept Charlotte, North Carolina, (Purbayan Chatterjee and Ojas Adhiya)
17th Sept Irvine, CA, Barclay Theater (only Rakesh Chaurasia)
18th Sept Atlanta, GA
23rd Sept Earlham College, Indiana
24th Sept Austin, TX, Bates Recital Hall
25th Sept Boston, MA Lexington Historical Society
30th Sept Chicago, IL, World Music Festival
1st Oct Scranton, PA, The theatre (only Purbayan Chatterjee and Ojas Adhiya)
2nd Oct Sunnyvale, CA
7th Oct Houston, TX, Matchbox4
8th Oct Los Angeles, CA, Herrick Memorial Chapel
9th Oct Minneapolis, MN, Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, Minnesota
16th Oct London, UK, Barbican Hall Darbar Festival
21st Oct Seattle, WA, Eastside Baha’i Center
22nd Oct Boulder, Colorado,The Dairy Center
23rd Oct New York, NY, Merkin Concert Hall
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