Music of Hawai‘i: Debashish Bhattacharya and Jeff Peterson
Wednesday Mar 19 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $40.00
General Admission: $45.00
About the Performance:
Legendary Indian classical musician Debashish Bhattacharya returns to the islands to team up with local Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Peterson for a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Peterson will play familiar Hawaiian music, Bhattacharya will play classical raga and Bengali folk music, then they will perform music they have composed together—look for jazz and flamenco influences. The two virtuosos have collaborated in the past and are currently recording an album together. But with these two, both coming from improvisational traditions, you never know exactly what is going to happen—which is part of the fun.
Bhattacharya’s connection to Hawai‘i is not coincidental—he is from Calcutta, where Laie’s Tau Moe and his globetrotting family band introduced the steel guitar to musicians in the 1920s. Hawaiian songs such as Moana Chimes and No Ke Ano Ahiahi are familiar tunes in Calcutta. Bhattacharya performs raga and fusion on instruments adapted from the Hawaiian steel guitar.
Since starting to tour internationally in the 1990s, Bhattacharya has performed with many leading musicians, including John McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas and others. He has earned many honors, including the BBC World Music Award, Grammy nominations and the Presidential Medal of India.