Nicolas Magriel, born in New York, has been playing the sarangi since 1970. He has studied with several distinguished sarangi players including Ustad Sabri Khan, Pandit Gopal Mishra, Ustad Abdul Latif Khan and Ustad Mohammed Ali Khan. He has done research on various aspects of Hindustani music. He also studied vocal music with the renowned khayal singer and musicologist Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi, dhrupad singing with Ustad Fayazuddin Dagar and khayal with Ustad Aslam Khan. He has performed widely in the UK and Europe as a soloist and as an accompanist to vocalists and Kathak dancers, appeared many times on television and contributed sarangi for numerous film and theatre scores.
In 2001, Nicolas completed his PhD at the University of London, analysing sarangi style and its relationship with vocal music. From 2002 until 2008, while continuing to perform and teach sarangi and vocal music, he was working on an AHRC-funded project transcribing and analysing 492 bandishes, the songs of khayal, the pre-eminent genre of Hindustani classical vocal music. The Songs of Khayal was published by Manohar Books in 2013. Many of Nicolas’s articles on Indian music have been published in journals. Nicolas went on to the research project “Beyond Text: Growing into Music”, a video-based project on the musical enculturation of children—seven of his films can be seen on www.growingintomusic.co.uk. During the last year, he has been producing www.sarangi.net, an extensive archival video website covering everything about the sarangi and sarangi players in India.
John Millar (aka Jhalib) first took an interest in tabla in his twenties. He met and took lessons from Ustad Alla Rakha in San Francisco in 1980, continuing his studies under the great master whenever he came to London during the 80s & 90s. Whilst most of Jhalib’s work in music has been as a player and composer in Indo-Jazz, Indo-Pop and music for contemporary dance, he has maintained Indian classical tabla as his forte throughout his career.
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