About Ustad Amjad Ali Khan:
Amjad Ali Khan gave his first recital of Sarod when he was six years old, and it was the beginning of yet another glorious chapter in the history of Indian classical music. Amjad Ali Khan was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music. Today he shoulders the sixth generation inheritance of this legendary lineage. After his debut, the career graph of this musical legend took the speed of light, and on its way the Indian classical music scene was witness to regular and scintillating bursts of Raga supernovas. And thus, the world saw the Sarod being given a new and yet timeless interpretation by Amjad Ali Khan. Khan is one of the few maestros who consider his audience to be the soul of his motivation.
In the case of Amjad Ali Khan, the term 'beauty of the Ragas' acquires a special meaning as he has to his credit the distinction of having created many new Ragas. It is love for music and his belief in his music that has enabled him to interpret traditional notions of music for a new refreshing way, reiterating the challenge of innovation and yet respecting the timelessness of tradition.
Amjad Ali Khan has the privilege of winning the kind of honors and citations at his relatively young age, which, for many other artistes would have taken a lifetime. He is a recipient of the UNESCO Award, Padma Vibhushan (Highest Indian civilian award), Unicef's National Ambassadorship, The Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of York in 1997, England, Delhi University in 1998, Rabindra Bharati University in 2007, Kolkata and the Vishva Bharti (Deshikottam) in Shantiniketan in 2001.
His collaborations include a piece composed for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumora titled Tribute to Hong Kong, duets with gutarist Charley Byrd, Violinist Igor Frolov, Suprano Glenda Simpson, Guitarist Barry Mason and UK Cellist Matthew Barley. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Yorkshire, Washington, North Eastern and New Mexico. He has been a regular performer at the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kennedy Center, Santury Hall (First Indian performer), House of Commons, Theater Dela Ville, Muee Guimet, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Palais beaux-arts, Mozart Hall in Frankfurt, Chicago Symphony Center, St. James Palace and the Opera House in Australia.
Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan are sons of Amjad Ali Khan and have received complete training from their father. Under the tutelage of their father, they have grown to be excellent Sarod players and accompany their father in Concerts worldwide. Many music connoisseurs claim that it is truly a proud and pleasing experience to see and hear them play in harmony with their father and together, they create magic.
About Amaan Ali Khan:
Amaan Ali Khan is the elder son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan. Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, Amaan accompanying his father to various music festivals in India and abroad, has today, carved out a niche for himself. His performances have evoked creditable applause. His precision in tunefulness and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. Amaan is considered as one of the finest young Sarod players and has attained a very special place for himself to all music enthusiasts. Amaan has been a regular performer at Palais beaux-arts in Brussels, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in USA, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center in UK.
About Ayaan Ali Khan:
Ayaan Ali Khan is the younger son and disciple of the Sarod titan Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod with confidence, clarity, consistency and technical mastery that he learnt at his father's knee. After giving his solo debut at eight, Ayaan has been performing concerts world wide ever since. He has given many solo performances and also assisted his illustrious father at concerts all over the world. Ayaan has won the hearts of music lovers both in India and around the globe. Ayaan has been making appearances at Carnegie Hall, Smith Sonian, Palais Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Chicago Symphony Center, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Summer Arts Festival in Seattle, Edinburgh Music Festival and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Ayaan has over seven recordings that include three solos. His recent recordings include Sarod for Harmony, live at Carnegie Hall and Strings Attached with Cellist Matthew Barley recorded at Royal Festival Hall.
This program is supported by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project