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Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble with Nirmalya Roy, Subrota Bhattacharya and Indrajit Banerjee 

A spectacular group of musicians traveling to Lakeside from India launch the 5th season of the critically acclaimed  Jazz on a Summer’s Day series presented by portoluz at the historic Lakeside Inn.  

On Sunday April 28th, portoluz will kick off this years monthly concert series with the award winning Flat Earth Ensemble.  The gala concert ticket price will additionally feature a sampling of Indian delicacies and an opportunity to meet the artists.  

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble’s musical mission is to incorporate the charismatic dance and folk music of Haque’s Punjabi roots in India and Pakistan with the traditions of American jazz and funk. Utilizing the finest players from opposite sides of the world, Flat Earth Ensemble molds the sounds of different worlds into a dynamic, contemporary sound. The result is music that reverberates from the tubes of guitar amplifiers to the streets of Mumbai. 

portoluz’ JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble

Sunday, April 28th , 5 p.m. est/ Michigan time 

At the Lakeside Inn 15251 Lakeshore Road  

$25, tickets available at the door  

For more information: portoluz@gmail.com  

About the featured artists 

FAREED HAQUEis a modern guitar virtuoso whose records show off his roots in classical music along with his interest in several styles of jazz. Raised in Chicago, Haque traveled extensively as a youth with his parents, who were from Pakistan and Chile; the influence of different countries’ folk music can be heard in his playing. He studied jazz at North Texas State University and classical music at Northwestern University in Chicago. Haque made two records with Paquito D’Rivera, and played with Tito Puente, Toots Thielemans, and Von Freeman, among others. He made his debut as a leader for Sting’s short-lived Pangaea label (1988), and went on to record several sets for Blue Note; toured with Joe Zawinul; and performed with Straight Ahead, Joey Calderazzo, Renee Rosnes, and Dianne Reeves, among others.  

 NIRMALYA ROY is an inspirational vocalist whose passion in music was recognized at early age. He has been classically trained by Prof. Sunirmal Bhattacharya from Bishwa Bharati University and later in Khayal by the late Govinda Prasad Debnath, a disciple of Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri. Later Nirmalya came under the guidance of Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, a renowned vocalist of Vishnupur Gharana.

SUBROTA BHATTACHARYA A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today. Few tabla players have enjoyed such instant recognition and acclaim among concert audiences. As an accompanist of choice of some of the most renowned classical exponents, he exhibits his command over the tabla and his comprehension of the intricacies of the notes and sounds of classical music.

Sitarist INDRAJIT BANERJEE is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music. Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar). He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit’s training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of this training developed a strong foundation for Indrajit’s music, and creative individuality. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity.

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