Steve Gorn, bansuri flute

Special Guest Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, sitar
Samir Chatterjee, tabla


Saturday, August 17, 2013, 6:30 pm






Sunday, August 18, 4 pm

The Borromeo String Quartet

Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Dvořák

next week

Saturday, August 24, 6:30 pm

Zuill Bailey, cello, and Robert Koenig, piano

Music of Eccles, Britten, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev

Sunday, August 25, 4 pm

Ensō String Quartet
Music of Mozart, Britten, and Verdi





Steve Gorn’s flute is featured on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording Miho – Journey to the Mountain with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, and in the Academy Award-winning documentary film Born into Brothels. Steve has performed Indian classical music and new American music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami of Kolkata, Deba Prasad Banerjee, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai. He also studied with the late Ustad Z.M. Dagar.

During the past decade, Steve has often performed in India, appearing at major venues in Bhopal, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. His performance with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s disciple Barun Kumar Pal, at Kolkata’s Rama Krishna Mission, was televised throughout India.

As a young jazz musician studying composition at Penn State, Steve Gorn noticed how John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd had begun to incorporate aspects of Indian music into their playing. Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan were then only beginning to become known to Western audiences. Drawn by these sounds, he followed the music east and found himself in India in 1969. He studied shenai (Indian oboe) in Benares and then traveled to Calcutta to meet the Bengali bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami.

Steve writes: “We went to Hedwa in North Calcutta, passing through narrow lanes lined with sweet shops, tea stands, and sari merchants. Bells were ringing from small neighborhood temples, and the air was thick and pungent with everything from sandalwood incense to cow dung. We were directed to a doorway that led along a corridor into a small courtyard. A servant motioned to a room on the south end of the courtyard and we entered the stone compound.

“Seated on the floor, in a circle, were six men all dressed in white. In the center of the circle was a robust middle-aged man, his feet tucked under his dhoti, his lips red from the betel nut he was chewing. A cup of tea was at his side, and a harmonium and flute case lay on the floor before him. This was the teacher I had heard so much about.

“I was introduced in Bengali (although I learned later that these men spoke fluent English) and they proceeded to talk about me at length in a language I couldn’t understand. Finally, they asked me to play a raga for them. I was very nervous but managed to play. When I finished, Gour Goswami said, ‘You have a good sense for this music, but you have not been taught properly.’ He then took out his flute and played for me. The tone was deep, warm and velvety, utterly weightless. The raga unfolded and time stopped. It was breathtaking as the passages came faster and faster, ending in a flourish of cascading sound that reverberated through the stone room. And then it was over and everyone was once again drinking tea. I just sat there, stunned. I looked at him and stuttered, ‘May I come back?’ He smiled and said, ‘Yes.’”

Steve would eventually tour with Gour Goswami and go on to earn the praise of the most demanding of Indian audiences and reviewers. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, Rasika with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, and Illuminations, with the Nepali flutist Manose.






Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is a Bengali Hindustani classical sitar player and a scholar of musicology. He holds the Ustad Allauddin Khan Chair as head of the Department of Instrumental Music at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India. He is also the Director of the S.M. Tagore Centre of Documentation and Research of Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments. This center was created for ethnological mapping of the world through obsolescent musical instruments. The project will run with scholars’ support from all over the world.

In 2005, Prof. Bandopadhyay visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as George A. Miller Visiting Professor. In the same year he also visited the University of Alberta as Distinguished India Focus Visitor. He visited the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2008 and the University of Chicago in 2009 as artist-in-residence. He was specially invited to present a paper at the International Conference at the University of Amsterdam in 2008. He is also involved in a number of collaborative research projects at the national and international levels.

Prof. Bandopadhyay is attached to a number of universities, including the University of Delhi; Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Kashi Hindu Vidyapeeth, Varanasi; Visva Bharati, IKS University, Khairagarh; Utkal University, Orissa, and more as an advisor and expert. He is currently involved in a collaboration with pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn, professor of music and philosophy at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Prof. Bandopadhyay was recently inducted as a consultant by the Ethnological Museum at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin for a 3-D digitization project of musical instruments, including instruments of Rajah S.M. Tagore. The project was funded by DFG, the German Research Foundation.

As a sitarist, Professor Bandopadhyay has produced ten CDs and a DVD. He has performed widely in India and on the American, European, and African continents.

Samir Chatterjee
is a virtuoso tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings.

Mr. Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar, and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir’s teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana school of tabla playing, which he now represents.

Mr. Chatterjee is an A-rated artist of the national radio and television of India. He can be heard on numerous recordings featured as soloist, accompanying many of India’s greatest musicians, and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert, Samir has accompanied many of India’s greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Ashis Khan, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music. In addition to his collaborations with Steve Gorn, he performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Glen Velez, Bobby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Boston Philharmonic, the Ethos Percussion group, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, and other jazz, classical, and avant-garde musicians and ensembles. He is member of the jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris, and the quintet Inner Diaspora with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon. He is also the composer and director of Nacho Nacho – Gypsy Storyteller, Chhand-Anand World percussion Ensemble, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond. He performed with Sanjay Mishra on his CD Blue Incantation, which featured Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last thirty years, and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He is the author of the comprehensive 654-page book A Study of Tabla and a guide to Indian music titled Music of India. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Pittsburgh, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the University of Bridgeport. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won a gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination (equivalent to a bachelor of music degree). He has two master’s degrees, in English and history.