[Local events] Winter Raga Singing Class

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Fri Dec 22 18:32:02 PST 2006

Winter Raga Singing Class
North Indian Classical Vocal Music

Instructor: Michael Stirling
disciple of Pandit Pran Nath (1918-1996) and Terry Riley

Ragas of Evening Time

A series of 5 classes

Tuesdays: January 9th, 2007 ~ February 6th, 2007
7 ~ 9:00 pm
Tuition is by donation

Please rsvp by emailing: michaelstirling at earthlink.net

The class will take place at 4949 NE 16th Avenue, Apt. A, Portland, Oregon

This class will broaden your awareness and deepen your appreciation of 
Indian Classical Music. Students may become aware of subtleties and 
nuances of pitch and rhythm they might not otherwise be aware of. The 
class will be accompanied by tambura, the essential drone instrument 
utilized in Indian classical music and tabla, a set of two small hand 
drums used in Indian classical music. The class will explore ragas of 
the evening time. Continuing and beginning students are encouraged to 

One of India’s greatest classical vocalists, Pandit Pran Nath (1918 – 
1996), introduced the tradition of Hindustani classical vocal music to 
America when he arrived here in 1970.

Michael began vocal music study (North Indian classical vocal music ~ 
Khayal singing in the Kirana Gharana) with Pandit Pran Nath (Guruji) in 
1983, traveled with him to India and subsequently became his disciple. 
After Pandit Pran Nath’s passing in 1996, Michael has continued study of 
this celestial art form with Guruji’s senior American student, the 
highly regarded composer and performer, Terry Riley.

Mr. Stirling has accompanied Pandit Pran Nath and Mr. Riley in classes 
and concerts in America (at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas) and in 
India (in New Dehli at the dhargha of Sufi Hazarat Inayat Khan) as well 
as in California and Oregon. He has also studied and performed with 
Ustad Hafizullah Khan, Sri Karunamayee, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Lakshmi 
Shankar, the American bansuri artist Steve Gorn, tabla/esraj artist 
Benjy Wertheimer, tabla player/vocalist Rik Masterson; vocalists Gina 
Sala, Shanti Shivani and numerous others.

At the urging of his teacher Terry Riley, Michael teaches North Indian 
classical vocal music to individual students and small groups at his 
loft in Portland, Oregon and other locations.

Please RSVP Soon

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