Ustad Shafaat Khan


Concert Date and Time: Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 general admission or $18 for Byrdcliffe members – tickets available for purchase online (see below) or by calling 845.679.2079

On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts presents Ustad Shafaat Khan, a world-renowned Indian classical musician who has performed at concert halls and music festivals all over India, America, Europe, China, and Japan. A master of sitar, tabla, and surbahar (a bass sitar), Shafaat Khan's performance at the Smithsonian received accolades from the Washington Post, who calls him a "virtuoso [with] astonishing individuality," noting "Khan explored the rhythmic intricacies of percussive sound in a way that was both intellectual and poetic," while the Times of London describes him as "absolutely superb."


Ustad Shafaat Khan Concert - $20 (not-yet member price)

Ustad Shafaat Khan Concert - $18 (Byrdcliffe member price)

The history of Indian sitar music dates to the sixteenth century, with its discovery in the West—or more accurately its assimilation into the mainstream of popular music—attributable at least in part to George Harrison of the Beatles, whose studies with sitar master Ravi Shankar set the stage for a history-changing flux of eastern music influences into western pop and rock. Ravi Shankar played at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

Ustad Shafaat Khan's musical specialization is "east meets west," a fusion of traditional Indian classical and folk sounds with a multi-cultural soundscape ranging from western classical, jazz, and rock, to pop, Flamenco, and African rhythms. He regularly performs with western musicians as part of his ensemble; Ethiopian Canadian-born multi-instrumentalist Coco Bastien will perform with Maestro Khan at the Kleinert/James on October 26. Ms. Bastien is a guitarist, drummer, keyboard player, and vocalist, and the founder of Sowelu Music School in Philadelphia. She has been teaching music to people of all ages for over 15 years.

Maestro Khan has packed the house at major venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2015. In 2010, Maestro Khan performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the largest music festivals in the U.S., Bonnaroo; he also shared a televised concert stage with Ray Charles in Germany. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar, and tabla. He is the son of Ustad Imrat Khan, known as one of the world's greatest players of the surbahar.

Tickets to the performance at the Kleinert/James can be purchased by calling 845.679.2079 or online.

"A star in the world of classical music... the thunderous ovation never ceased throughout his performance." Chandigarh Tribune, India

"Driving power entered the performance when Shafaat's marvelous fingers on tabla showed us the rhythmic complexity of the music and enthralled the audience." Cork Examiner, Ireland