Sandeep Das & Shaw Pong Liu

Shaw Pong Liu and Sandeep Das perform a program about Chinese and Indian classical music and communicating across borders, for school assemblies in Massachusetts

Shaw Pong Liu and Sandeep Das perform a program about Chinese and Indian classical music and communicating across borders, for school assemblies in Massachusetts. Photo by

A musical collaboration of Indian classical music and Chinese classical music for school assemblies, featuring YAMA artists Sandeep Das and Shaw Pong Liu.

Jugalbandi: A Musical Friendship in the Himalayas

In Indian classical music, a Jugalbandi is a duet in which each musician is on equal footing. Grammy-nominated Indian “talking drum” player Sandeep Das, and Chinese-American master violinist and erhu player, Shaw Pong Liu, join forces in this thrilling program, which takes audiences on a cross-cultural adventure from India to China to the mountains in between. Exploring traditional music and language from both India and China, as well as the power of music to tell stories and communicate across cultures, Sandeep and Shaw Pong embody a special musical friendship that inspires listeners of all ages to discover the deep joy of making and enjoying music together.

Target Grades: K-8
Audience Limit: 300
Duration: 45 minutes

PRICING (performance/day)
Single: $975  Double: $1,560  Triple: $2,048 Quad: $2,438
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (use map below)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Sandeep Das
Shaw Pong Liu
Note: Sandeep performs on a stage, riser or platform that needs to be at least 5″ by 5″ and 2″ tall with a rug or mat to sit on. An example is pictured below.

Sandeep Das
Grammy-nominated musician Sandeep Das is considered one of the leading tabla players today. One of the favorite disciples of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj ji of the Benaras Gharana, Das has carved out a niche for himself around the musical world. His concerts have taken him to major centers of music around the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and the Petronas Tower Hall in Malaysia
Sandeep has composed for and performed internationally with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma since the group’s founding in 2000. With the Ensemble, he performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York in 2008, played the BBC Proms in 2004 and 2009, and is the only Indian artist to have performed for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympic Games in Shanghai.Sandeep’s debut at the age of 16 was with the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar. In India and abroad, Sandeep performs frequently with stars of Indian music such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Dr. L Subramaniam and Ustad Shujaat Khan, among many others. Das’s talent for music and communication has allowed him to bridge the divide between Indian and Western classical music.

In 1991, on his first trip outside India, Das performed with steel drum bands in Trinidad. In 2001 he performed a work composed by Kayhan Kalhor with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur.His own compositions have combined the two genres and have received rave reviews. “Tarang” was chosen as the theme music for “Blind Sight”, a documentary about the first Everest climb by six blind climbers, and his piece “Mohini” became theme music for the Japanese TV channel NHK’s 10-episode documentary on the Silk Road.

Sandeep has recorded music on more than 30 labels, including Virgin, Sony and Makar Records. His 2003 recording with Ghazal, including Kayhan Kalhor and Shujaat Khan, was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was the Silk Road Ensemble’s 2009 album Off the Map, which included “Sulvasutra,” a piece Evan Ziporyn composed for him. His 2006 Interview on the BBC’s Destination Music is still broadcast widely in Europe today.Sandeep Das was educated at Banaras Hindu University and is a Gold Medalist in English Literature.He began playing tabla at the age of eight; at the age of sixteen he performed with Ravi Shankar, and subsequently with all the stars of Indian music. He was three times the All-India drumming champion and was the youngest drummer ever to be graded by All-India radio.He was awarded the Most Valuable Young Musician Award by the President of India in 2004.

Also a cultural and educational entrepreneur, Sandeep founded HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), an ensemble of world-class artists whose goal is to promote global understanding through musical performance and education.Sandeep Das appears on the Silk Road Ensemble’s albums When Strangers Meet, Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities and Off the Map and A Playlist Without Borders. His compositions appear on the Ensemble’s albums Beyond the Horizon and New Impossibilities.Also The only Live concert DVD of the ensemble has his Piece “Srishti in the album “Live From Tanglewood!”

Shaw Pong Liu
Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities with creative music and social dialogue by innovating the audience experience of live music. Collaborating with artists from a wide range of disciplines, Shaw Pong creates genre-defying performances which interplay written and improvised music with narration, storytelling and movement.

Her ongoing project, A Bird a Day, is a creative exploration of dawns, birds, and music. Recent projects include Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid, a critically-acclaimed collaboration with Whistler in the Dark theatre company and ArtsEmerson, re-telling Greek myths with aerial silks and original music; Soldiers’ Tales Untold, an original musical-narrative production mixing veterans’ stories, music, and audience dialogue about the long-term costs of war, and Translations, a site-specific, outdoor performance-installation, collaboratively created with choreographer Rodney Veal and twenty dancers, musicians, and “iBirds” ranging over a 40-acre park.

She is the founder of the 99% String Quartet and SQUEE (String Quartets Everywhere), bringing live chamber music to cafes, subways and other public spaces in Boston.

An avid explorer of new sounds, Shaw Pong has premiered new works with groups including Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and received commissions for her own compositions from A Far Cry, Dialogue Chamber Music, and the Urbano Project. She has held artist residencies at the Blue Sky Project and Acadia National Park, and is a teaching artist with Urbano Project, Silk Road Connect, and Young Audiences.

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a Masters in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Shaw Pong is the recipient of the Eisner Prize, the Hertz Travelling Fellowship, and was 2008 and 2011 Artist-in-Residence and 2010 Program Director at the Blue Sky Project.


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