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Kalyan Pathak : 15th Annual Concert For Peace (9/11 - Chicago, IL)

Paiste Artist Kalyan Pathak will perform at the 15th Annual Concert For Peace on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 The event, which features classical and contemporary music from India and America, will be held at Millenium Park in Chicago, IL (further details below).

About the Shanti: 15th Annual Concert for Peace

In partnership with Build the Peace Chicago, The Peace School, the International Day of Peace and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Fulcrum Point New Music Project celebrates its 15th anniversary with a concert of classical and contemporary music from India and America.

This interactive concert of music for strings, gongs and song features an international processional of Chicago Public School students, the World Premiere of Robert and Kathleen Lombardo’s tribute to Holocaust survivors, “Against Forgetting,” Param Vir’s tantric prayer for peace, “...beyond the reach of the world...,” and “Shanti Paath: One Resonance: One Peace” by Elizabeth Basta and Kalyan Pathak, a composition that features Paiste gongs and to which you can sing your prayer and ring a gong for peace!

Event Information (FREE admission):

Shanti: 15th Annual Concert for Peace
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. (FREE ADMISSION)

Special Guests: Chicago Children's Choir directed by Josephine Lee, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, soprano, Genevieve Thiers, pianist Kuang Hao Huang, sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta, Zeshan Bagewadi and Zamin, tabla master Kalyan Pathak, and 52 gongs.


Kalyan Pathak is a composer, musician, drummer and a percussion player of a multi cultural experience covering a very vast base.

“Fleet Finger Virtuosity” says Chicago Tribune Critic, Howard Reich for Kalyan Pathak.

Born in Ahmedabad, India, formally trained, from his age 9 till age 15, in Classical North Indian Tabla by Ustad Kader Khan and Ustad Rehman Khan, later an apprenticeship with the most prominent drummer and composer Mr. Ranjit Barot, brought teenaged Kalyan to Bombay in the mid 80’s . While devoting himself to western drumset, Kalyan concurrently did regular session work with prestigious Lakshmikant Pyarelal Orchestra and Louis Banks Band, and toured all over India playing with jazz and rock music bands.

Kalyan came to Chicago in 1991 on a full scholarship from Roosevelt University, and in addition to receiving a B.Mus. degree in Jazz studies with honors, he went on to study African, Afro-cuban, Latin and Middle Eastern genres of percussion from various masters in the US.

Since moving to the U.S., Kalyan has become one of the busiest virtuoso tabla and multi-ethnic percussionists in the country, and has performed, collaborated and toured with many international artists from jazz, classical and jamband music scenes, such as, Aretha Franklin, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, as a soloist with Elgin Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet, collaborative group member with Fareed Haque Group, Howard Levy, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Pacifica String Quartet, Theodore Bikel, Alberto Mizrahi, Steve Kimock and many others.

Kalyan’s abundant energy and innovative concepts have resulted in numerous collaborations and recording projects, where he can be heard playing tabla, drumset, percussion and singing.

Recent projects include, tour of Israel with Howard Levy and GATC, recordings with his own group “Jazz Mata”, composing and performing jazz big band composition for Holiday Music of Silk Road for Midwest Young Artists and Chicago Silk Road Project, musical score for Contemporary American Theater Festival, many national tours with the Fareed Haque Group, and tours of Germany, Switzerland and Brazil on various musical projects.

Kalyan is a lifelong educator having done clinics and classes in India, U.S.A, Europe, and Brazil, as well as in Chicago with International Music Foundation he has performed educational shows for over 100,000 Chicago public school students, is a faculty at Merit School of Music, Chicago, as well as, a Paiste Cymbals Artist Endorsee.

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