Saxophonist Phil Scarff to Perform in Providence on May 13

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Phil Scarff

PROVIDENCE, RI–Boston saxophonist Phil Scarff and tabla player Amit Kavthekar will perform at a concert of North Indian classical music at the Vedanta Society of Providence in Providence, RI, on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

The concert will held at 227 Angell St. in Providence, RI. The show begins at 6:00PM. All ages welcome and admission free. Donations are encouraged. For information, contact 401-421-3960 or info@vedantaprov.org .

Phil Scarff celebrates the release of his CD, “Ragas on Saxophone,” recorded live at the Hirai Music Festival, Chandrapur, India. The CD also features Mumbai-based tabla maestro, Bhushan Parchure. 

Phil Scarff

Mr. Scarff is pioneering the performance of North Indian classical music on soprano saxophone, exquisitely capturing the subtlety and depth of this music on this Western instrument. Indian classical appearances include India’s famed Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), Nehru Center, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre (Mumbai); Saptak School of Music (Ahmedabad); ICCR Theater and India Habitat Centre (Delhi); and LearnQuest Festival (Boston).

He is also a master jazz saxophonist, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensembles, Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. He is featured on over 35 acclaimed CDs/DVDs.

Mr. Kavthekar has rhythm running in his veins.  He was groomed in tabla beginning at age six by maestros Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain, and has gone on to perform with many legends of Indian classical music. These include Shivkumar Sharma, Jasraj, Shahid Parvez, Ashish Khan, Kushal Das, and Zakir Hussain, as well as fusion master Sivamani. Accolades include Sur Singar Samsad’s Taalmani and the Pt Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Award. He has presented workshops at institutions such as Berklee College of Music, MIT, Hood College, and College of the Holy Cross. He has thrilled audiences throughout the US and India, as well as in Australia, Japan, and Thailand.

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