Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM – 11 PM Guelph: Christopher Dicran Hale and Ed Hanley
@ Silence 46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H3K8
Artist’s Talk by Ed Hanley at 7pm
Silence Presents: Christopher Dicran Hale and Ed Hanley Concert at 8pm
Chris Hale and Ed Hanley perform the classical and popular music of India, featuring sitar, voice, guitar and tabla. From the slow sensuous, improvisational development of authentic traditional north Indian raga music, to vintage Bollywood love songs sung in Hindi and Urdu, join us for a trip across India, and the ages.
Chris Hale grew up in Nepal and India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has studied classical sitar for over 30 years. Ed Hanley has played tabla for 27 years, and has studied with master drummers in Canada, California and across India.
The show will feature an installation of Ed Hanley’s documentary photography from India, with a focus on Bhopal, as well as the acclaimed series The Longest Train in India, a 4,273km journey across India in 85 hours. Ed will give a short presentation on the photos before the performance.
CHRISTOPHER DICRAN HALE BIO
Christopher Dicran Hale was born in Albany, New York in 1968. Within a year, he accompanied his parents, both of whom were doctors, to a remote mountain village in the country of Nepal. Besides being a pediatrician, his mother was also a concert pianist. The music of his childhood was a combination of western classical music and Nepali folk songs. During his adolescence at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, he was introduced to the sitar by his first guru, Ajit Singh. Being involved with the Jazz program there, he also studied several other western instruments and formed his first rock band.
Between 1987 and 1990, he studied jazz guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time that he was influenced by Joseph Gabriel Maneri, one of the leading figures in microtonal music.
Returning to India in 1990 he became the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Olio. In 1993 he attended Bhatkhande Music College, in Lucknow, to focus on sitar. Christopher toured across India and produced two records with Olio until it disbanded in 1999.
During a trip to England in 1999 he formed the Indian devotional group Aradhna with guitarist Pete Hicks. This partnership prompted a move to New York City in 2000, and a study period with surbahar player Shubha Sankaran. In 2002, sitarist Paul Livingstone introduced Christopher to his current sitar guru, Partha Chatterjee, foremost disciple of sitar master Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. He also had the opportunity to study Hindustani vocal music with Pt. Rajeev Taranath. Christopher continued to tour as vocalist and sitarist with Aradhna from 2000-2012, performing across North America, India, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and recording and releasing eight albums.
Currently Christopher performs in weddings, corporate gigs, and public shows in Toronto, as well as teaching sitar and Hindustani vocal music from his home where he has lived with his wife since 2004.
ED HANLEY BIO
Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, photographer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, educator, and tabla player.
Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Ed’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video and photography. Although best known as a practitioner of tabla (the classical percussion of North India), Ed’s recent work in the visual world (including over 100 music videos) expresses the same joy, dynamism, love of collaboration, and attention to detail as his years of work as a touring and recording musician.
Ed has studied tabla (north Indian classical percussion) for over 27 years with master drummers including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Taalyogi Suresh Talwalkar in Canada, the USA and on 10 trips to India. He has also studied Carnatic drumming traditions with Sri Karaikudi Mani and Dr. Trichy Sankaran in Chennai and Toronto.
From the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Jaipur Heritage Festival, to Massey Hall in Toronto and Joe’s Pub in New York City, Ed has been a featured performer at prominent music festivals and concert halls in Europe, India, the USA, and across Canada. As co-artistic director of the Canadian world music ensemble Autorickshaw, Ed has earned two Juno Award nominations, as well as the Grand Prize in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. His work has been recognized and supported by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, DFAIT, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
Ed has been featured hundreds of times on stage and in the studio with a diverse range of artists – from Loreena McKennitt and the Penderecki String Quartet to Peggy Baker and Trichy Sankaran. His work can be heard on soundtracks for Deepa Mehta (Funny Boy for CBC Radio) and Jonathan Goldsmith (the feature film, Such a Long Journey), as well as in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.
Ed has performed Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto with professional orchestras in Ontario, BC, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
Ed’s documentary video and photography includes works on the continuing aftermath of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Leprosy Stigma and The Longest Train Journey in India, and has been published by the World Health Organization & The Bhopal Medical Appeal, and featured on the BBC, PetaPixel, Phoblographer, Mashable, Mental Floss, BuzzFeed, India Times, Tech Insider, Scroll India, Quartz, Travel + Leisure, Discovery News, France TV, The Better India and more.
Raga Jaunpuri, gat in Chartal ki Sawari (11 beats)
Raga Jaunpuri, drut Tintal:
Raga Bhimpalasi, alap and gat in vilambit Tintal:
Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
Teri Bindiya Re (1973)
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera (1969)
Kanyakumari Express timelapse (from the Longest Train in India):
Azan (call to prayer) at Taj-ul-Masajid Mosque, Bhopal