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November 4, 2009 > Roobaroo - Music without borders

Roobaroo - Music without borders

Submitted By Piyush Mehta and Sugeeti Kochhar

Every so often, musicians from completely unrelated backgrounds come together to create a symphony that stops you in your tracks and demands your complete attention. It lifts you. It captivates you and leaves you begging for more.

In keeping with its tradition of hosting annual concerts and fundraising for a cause, the Bay Area Chapter of AID (Association for India's Development) brings together this unique quartet, for an evening of fusion All concert proceeds will go toward supporting development projects in India in areas such as education, health, livelihood and environment.

This is the music you may expect with the combination of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salman Ahmad, Samir Chatterjee and Daniel Weiss. The late afternoon will ring with the melody of Western Indian folk music intermingled with Persian Sufi music. Audience favorites such as 'Kesariya Balam,' 'Sayonee,' 'Allahoo' will be played to the audience's delight.

Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt plays the Mohan Veena - an Indian adaptation to the western Hawaiian guitar. His training is with classical Indian music. Salman Ahmad is steeped in the Persian/Sufi music of yore - he has elevated it to successfully by infusing it with Western rock on guitar. Samir Chatterjee is a tabla exponent - trained in classical Indian music. Daniel Weiss on drums has studied both Western and Indian music and effortlessly shits between the two traditions.

Each, in his own right, has created music with well known international artists and groups. Pandit Bhatt has won the Grammy playing alongside Ry Cooder on the album "A Meeting By The River." He has played with Western artists such as Taj Mahal, Bla Fleck and Jerry Douglas. Samir Chatterjee has collaborated extensively with musicians of all genres, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Paulin Oliveros. He has performed at the Noble Peace Ceremony in Oslo. Daniel Weiss started playing drums at the age of 6. He has played in South America and Asia and has recorded with a number of labels including Omnitone and Fresh Sound/New Talent.

For more information or tickets, please call (408) 504-7172 or email

Roobaroo - Music without borders
Sunday, November 8
4 p.m.
Chabot College
Performing Arts Center, Building 1300
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(408) 504-7172
Tickets: $20, $30, $50, $100. Advance purchase recommended.

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