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Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction


Karsh Kale presents
Classical Science Fiction

Thursday, March 30, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Karsh Kale
Indian Electronic Fusion Series: Indian Connections  

Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction

More than any young artist working today, percussionist and composer Karsh Kale has created a harmonious alchemy of East and West. A primary figure in the UK’s omnivorous Asian Underground club scene in the late 1990s, Kale ingeniously blends his background in the Indian classical music tradition with ambient electronic textures, rock, Indian pop, and knotty dance beats into a singular aesthetic that defies easy categorization. His 1999 debut EP, Classical Science Fiction, set the stage for a career with innumerable highlights, including participation in producer/bassist Bill Laswell’s tabla juggernaut Tabla Beat Science (which also featured tabla greats Zakir Hussain, Talvin Singh, Trilok Gurtu and Sultan Khan), his 2002 Asian Massive Tour featuring the massively influential San Francisco-based DJ and producer Cheb i Sabbah, and composing with Norah Jones and Sting as well as for numerous Bollywood films. Karsh’s collaborators include many of the most forward-thinking artists alive at the turn of the 21st century, including Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Anoushka Shankar, Dave Douglas, Yoko Ono, and Vijay Iyer. For this project named after his debut release, Kale has assembled a dynamic ensemble including sarodist Alam Khan (son of sarode great Ali Akbar Khan), innovative hammered dulcimer player Max ZT, and renowned Carnatic vocalist Aditya Prakash.

Artist Personnel

Karsh Kale tabla, keyboards, electronics
Alam Khan sarode
Max ZT dulcimer
Moto Fukushima bass
Aditya Prakash vocals

Artist Website

"A visionary composer and producer " — Billboard
"Karsh Kale mixes eclectic beats with the sounds of his heritage to make a sound that is distinctly his own " — President Barack Obama