Sufi Music Ensemble enthralls at Carnegie Hall
By Rizwan Khatik - Sat May 28, 8:02 am
NEW YORK: The Sufi Music Ensemble, held atCarnegie Hall recently, was a sold out event. The event was presented by the South Asian Music and Arts Association ( SAMMA), its debut concert.
The concert was in honor of the great legend, Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan. His son Hidayat Hussian Khan was the featured artist on sitar and vocal accompanied by Steve Gorn on flute, Pandit Samir Chatterjee on table, and Diyarka Chatterjee on tabla/dholak.
The concert was a spiritual experience for the audience. The music was sometimes gentle and hypnotic and sometimes dynamic and captivating.
It started with a slow composition by Hazrat Amir Khusro, followed by a beautiful Kabir song. This was a melodious journey that took the audience to the famous “mast kalandhar,” and had the audience clapping to the rhythm of the song. The songs were very well chosen taking the audience from a slow melody to a fast pace song and then back to a beautiful mystical composition.
Hidayat Hussain had the whole audience riveted to his mesmerizing voice and mystical renditions on sitar. Steve Gorn who won the Grammy this year for his album, Miho Journey kept pace with Hidayat’s sitar renditions. The concluding song, “Chaap Tialk” which also happens to be taken from Hidayat’s album “Ziver” had the audience tapping and clapping to the beat. Hussain has proved to be a versatile musician performing with ease classical compositions as well as music of sufi poets, folk, etc.
The performance was followed by a speech by the Consul General of India in India, Prabhu Dayal, who praised Khan for a spell-binding performance. He said that Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan was the foremost sitar player of our time which makes Hidayat Hussain a natural musician with such talent flowing in his blood. He compared Steve Gorn to a modern American Krishna. He concluded his speech by praising SAMAA and its executive Director, Simmi Bhatia for putting a well organized show and a pre-concert cocktail.
Courtesy: The Indian Express North American Edition