Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser with Nitin Mitta — Flute Jugalbandhi Concert


Thursday, October 13, 2022

6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Grant Recital Hall, 105 Benevolent St

Please join us for a flute Jugalbandi Concert with Steve Gorn, Eric Fraser and Nitin Mitta organized by Srinvas Reddy. 

Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels.” He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, who he often accompanied in concert. He also studied with the late Ustad Z. M. Dagar. He has often performed in India, appearing at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, Habitat Center and Triveni Hall in New Delhi, The Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, NCPA, and The Nehru Center in Mumbai, and numerous other venues. His performance with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal, at Kolkata’s Rama Krishna Mission, was televised throughout India. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, Rasika, (with tabla by Samir Chatterjee,) Illuminations, (with Nepali bansuri wallah, Manose,) the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, and Pranam, a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla.

Eric Fraser, having deeply studied North-Indian classical flute from the late Pandit Gopal Roy, is one of the few exponents of the original "gayaki-ang" or vocal style of bansuri flute. Eric's bansuri playing rings with authenticity and pure Indian tone, carrying a distinct and masterful sound imbibing a pure Gharana (Lineage). Eric Fraser is also a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and songwriter. Eric's orientation to Indian classical music serves as an inspiration for melody, and a creative tool for improvisation in original styles that incorporate voice, guitar, keyboard, electronics and looping. Eric is also a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar for Indian music, and brings his extensive musical skills to therapeutic work with children and adults.  

Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dynamic soloist, he is an accompanist who has performed with some India's most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians worldwide. He joined forces with 2010 Grammy Nominee Pianist Vijay Iyer and electric guitarist R. Prasanna to produce a studio album titled Tirtha that blends elements of contemporary jazz with the North and South Indian traditional ragas.