Ragas & Rhythms ~ Level Two

taught by Paul Livingstone
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Paul Livingstone
Paul Livingstone
performer/composer/teaching artist

About the instructor

International performing artist & educator Paul Livingstone is one of the few American disciples of the legendary 'godfather of world music', Pt. Ravi Shankar and well as Amiya Dasgupta and sarod maestro Pt. Rajeev Taranath. Growing up with blues and rock n roll Paul become mesmerized by Ravi's music at the age of twelve and moved to India at age 15 to begin a life-long journey with the traditional raga music and rhythms of Indian classical music Paul has studied raga music for over 33 years with and received his BFA & MFA at Cal Arts.  One of the leading sitarists in America today, paul continues to study and expand his musical vision in the rigorous and creative traditions of classical South Asian music, jazz and Latin and African music. He has toured around India, Nepal, Pakistan, US, Latin America, Europe, South East Asia with many of the leading tabla players of India as well as a diversity of world and jazz artists of the highest caliber as well. He has performed and recorded with a number of popular artists as well such as Alanis Morrisette, Beck, Rubén Albarrán, Juan Gabriel, and Build an Ark and played on two Grammy Award winning records (Ozomatli and Rickey Kej).

Paul founded and leads the Arohi Ensemble for which he writes original 'raga jazz chamber music', as well as composing for film, tv, theater and dance. His original work is focused around Indian ragas & rhythm and reflects an amalgamation of influences from which he has studied directly from master musicians, including jazz and chamber music, Javanese gamelan, Persian classical, African and Mexican and Cuban music. He plays a variety of guitars and strings including fretless guitars of his own design and is an award winning teaching artist, performer and composer in the field of 'world music synthesis'.

Paul maintains a vision of cross-cultural performance that engages the transcendent joy of music and reflects his innermost social, political & spiritual values. He is endorsed by D'Addario Strings and Godin Guitars and plays the Scott Hackleman 'personal tanpura'.

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Course Contents

12 Videos
9 Texts
13 PDFs

Course Curriculum