Modal Improvisation Clinic with Ken Zuckerman and Amit Kavthekar
Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, presents this master class and clinic, cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, LearnQuest Academy, and the Liberal Arts Department. Zuckerman has also been called "one of the world’s most eclectic masters of improvisation.” He is a longtime disciple of sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan and has given innumerable concerts throughout India, the United States, and Europe to glowing reviews.
A professor of Indian music and Western Medieval lute at the Basel Conservatory and head of the Ali Akbar College of Music, both in Switzerland, Zuckerman teaches Western music of the Middle Ages and North Indian classical music. In this context, he has developed methods to teach modal improvisation. Based on traditional modes, he has created a path for students of several disciplines to approach the art of improvisation with confidence and inspiration. He has been at the vanguard of numerous cultural crossover projects, including the Grammy-nominated CD India Meets Persia with tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh.