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Music in India

Andrew McLean, a native New Orleanian trained in North Indian classical music, offers two programs introducing elements of Indian music which depict the traditional yet contemporary music with a focus on rhythm, melody and vocal percussion. Through creative activities with the students, they also demonstrate how the music of India has begun to impact and interact with the sounds and musicians of the Crescent City.

Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean, a native of New Orleans, has been playing music in New Orleans and beyond since childhood. Andrew was nurtured early on by jazz guitar great Hank Mackie and later by world music and jazz faculty at both U.C.L.A.’s department of ethnomusicology and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California where he has been receiving training in Indian music from the legendary maestros Ali Akbar Khan (Ravi Shankar), Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain (Planet Drum, Bela Fleck). His pioneering work of bringing Indian music to New Orleans has been requested at landmark settings like Snug Harbor and Jazz Fest as well as at the top recording studios.  His notable collaborators include many outstanding, world-class musicians such as Aashish Khan, the late New Orleans piano genius Henry Butler and the late Tim Green, Jason Marsalis, Mike Dillon, Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Kool and the Gang, Phish), Harold Brown (War), James Singleton and Stephen Masakowski (Astral Project), and “Mardi Gras Indian” Chief Smiley Ricks and the Indians of the Nation (Dr. John), etc.

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The Classical Music of North India program introduces the rich melodic and rhythmic structures of North Indian classical music in an entertaining yet educational format. Featuring exquisite instruments like the tabla drums, sarode and sitar, students are engaged with creative sound play using drum language and melody note combinations.

Covering several genres in one presentation, Musical Diversity in India illustrates how the region's contemporary pop/film music and the classical traditions share origins in the ancient reverence for sacred sound.


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