Where the Soul Never Dies (Upcoming)
Tabla & Cello Collaboration with Rhythmic & Melodic Vocals (Album)
A genre-crossing collection that explores Ragas, American folk tunes, and new compositions in a dialogue that's raw, eclectic, organic, and soulful.
Instrumentation: Tabla & Cello
Commissioned by the National Museum of Asian Art
Inspired by a 9th century statue of Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi as Goddess Parvati, the primordial cosmic energy, the invincible feminine creative force, and complete embodiment of the Hindu deity Vishnu’s power.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Sheng, Bass
Commissioned by The Carnegie Foundation and The Silk Road Ensemble for NHK Japan
Inspired by a 11th century statue of Mohini, a female avatar of Hindu deity Vishnu, to allure the elixir of immortality from the Asuras (demons) to the rightful owners, the Devas (Gods).
Instrumentation: Tabla, Cello, Violin, Viola, Vocals, Harp, Bass, Percussion
Delhi to Damascus (2020)
Indian & Middle-Eastern Music Collaboration (Album)
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, a Sanskrit shloka, means “the world is one family.” For centuries, the human spirit has been transcending literal and figurative borders to survive and thrive. Inspired by the confluence of cultures this brings, Delhi to Damascus features clectic and soulful repertoire, a mix of new compositions and rearrangements, drawing on traditional Indian ragas, melodic Arabic maqams, philosophical Sufi poems, pulsating folk grooves, and lyrical thumri.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Sarangi, Sitar, Oud
King Ashoka (2016)
Commissioned by an anonymous donor for Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
An anachronistic depiction of King Ashoka’s tumultuous journey from violence, destruction and blind power-seeking to a peace-spreading Buddhist.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Cello, Bass, Percussion
Commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble while in residence at Rhode Island School of Design
A musical encapsulation of the creation of the universe based on Hindu mythology.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Hand Percussion, Korean Percussion, Toms
Soul Mitra (2019)
Funded by a Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation
A tribute to friendship, compassion and loyalty between two souls.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Sarangi
If You Shall Return (2016)
Commissioned by The Silk Road Ensemble
Inspired by songs of love and separation from Japanese and Indian River songs.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Shakuhachi, Violin, Viola, Percussion
Commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma for the 36th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2002
A combination of eastern drums and western strings tell a spellbinding story of human determination and tenacity.
Instrumentation: Tabla, Hand Percussion, Cello, Violin, Viola, Bass