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Friday, August 12 • 14:00 - 15:00
Music, Honesty, and the Hammered Dulcimer.

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In this presentation, I will be talking about my personal musical journey with the hammered dulcimer. I will talk about my musical upbringing and will eventually delve into the travels, music, and philosophies that have guided my compositions. With studies with griots in Senegal, and gurus in India, my style is completely unique. It is not folk, not Jazz. Not Indian Classical, nor Senegalese mbalax. It is a mixture of my own specific experiences. In all forms of art, one must stay true and honest to who they are, and what they are creating. And for me, the more I studied, the more I realized that in order for my own voice to be true, I must look outside of myself. I could have remained on my personal path, inside the walls of my histories; my culture; or my own personal narrative. But I didn’t. We all must break down these boundaries, and be open to other worlds. Because, when one listens to disparate voices, we can push past these self- inflicted borders, and discover vast new worlds.

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Max ZT

Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and "A Force of nature” Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from Irish and American folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to India, where he received the prestigious AIIS grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar... Read More →

Friday August 12, 2016 14:00 - 15:00
Le Speakeasy