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Music in India

The seasoned duo of Andrew McLean, a native New Orleanian trained in North Indian classical music and Mehnaz Hoosein, an award winning singer and international performer from Mumbai, India will be presenting programs introducing elements of Indian music that will depict the traditional yet contemporary culture 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, 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 Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Zakir Hussain.  His pioneering work of bringing Indian music to New Orleans has been requested at landmark settings like Snug Harbor, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as the top recording studios, and in collaborations with several outstanding, world-class musicians including Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s eldest son, Aashish Khan, New Orleans piano genius Henry  Butler, Tim Green, Jason Marsalis, Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Kool and the Gang, Phish), Harold Brown (War), Tony Dagradi, James Singleton and Stephen Masakowski (Astral Project), as well as local “Mardi Gras Indian” Chief Smiley Ricks and the Indians of the Nation (Dr. John)
among others.

Mehnaz Hoosein born in Mumbai, India is an Indian- pop, jazz and world music singer and performer. She achieved great success with the song, “Miss India,” which won the Channel V Music Award for Best Female Pop Vocalist. Soon after, Mehnaz toured across India, Asia and Europe and recorded three solo albums for BMG and Universal Music India. Her music has been chosen for soundtracks of several films, including a duet (“You Are The Reason”) for the award-winning film, “Split Wide Open, recorded with Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply fame. Mehnaz was lead singer of the Seattle-based band, Manooghi Hi, voicing her blend of Hindustani classical and Tabla bolis and singing in several South Asian languages. Manooghi Hi released two albums: “Hi” and “Silence” and has performed at many festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and SxSW. Mehnaz has performed locally at Voodoo Fest with Leslie Blackshear Smith as well as with Indian Master Sarode player, Aashish Khan, and Shringar (Lawrence Sieberth, Andrew McLean, Michael Skinkus and the late saxophonist Tim Green). Mehnaz was featured at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with pianist Lawrence Sieberth.

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Modern Music in India illustrates how India’s modern pop/film music and its’ contemporary classical-based traditions revise creative boundaries while sharing origins in the ancient reverence for sacred sound.

The Classical Music of India program introduces the melodic and rhythmic structures of Indian music in an entertaining yet educational format. Featuring exquisite instruments like the tabla and sitar, students are engaged with creative sound play using word and 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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