By Julio Avila
Sarod player Brandon McIntosh is performing in the Southampton Building in room 20 at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.
For those who did not know, the sarod is a guitar-like instrument from India closely related to the sitar in which the instrument produces a deep, introspective sound,and a sweet and, overtone-rich resonance. The instrument has sympathetic strings, giving it a resonant sound. It is also a fretless instrument which produces the continuous slides between notes which is dominant in a lot of folklore Indian music.
McIntosh began studying Indian classical music with dhrupad (classical vocal genre of music in India) artist Jeff Lewis in 1998 in Seattle, Wash. It was not until 2003 that he obtained a music degree from Central Washington University and moved to Kolkata, India. There he began to study the sarod with longtime sarod expert and performer Buddhadev Dasgupta of the Shahajahanpur Gharana, an indian term for “musical house”.
McIntosh is a renowned artist winning awards, and recognition for his performances for his work in the Indian genre. One bit of recognition is from the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata.
Today, he continues to perform the sarod for the public and travels to Kolkata frequently to perform and work with the local organizations as well as Dasgupta.
For those who like music from abroad, music in general or specifically Indian music, this is one performance you do not want to miss.