Alan Kushan is arguably one of the most accomplished santur players
in the world. He stands out not only because of his brilliant
realizations of traditional Persian compositions, but also for
his innovative avant-guard soundscapes. His style, however, is
not limited to the traditional approaches but it extends itself
beyond any such boundaries.
is the original drummer for the Pat Metheny Group. He is the co-founder
of Elements group with Mark Egan. He has performed or recorded
for Sting, Al Dimeola, Ahmad Jamal, Eddi Goez, The Blues Brothers,
Stan Getz, The Manhattan Jazz Quintet and Gil Davis. He has won
the Modern Drummer poll for the best electronic jazz drummer.
Brooks met composer Terry Riley and sitarist Krishna Bhatt in
1979. Improvising with these musicians ignited an interest in
Indian music. In 1996, Zakir Hussain's label released Brooks'
debut CD and he toured in concerts with Zakir Hossain worldwide.
He also performed with many of India's top classical artists including
Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, Aashish Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri.
has played the cello for 30 years and developed a legacy of collaborating
with many artists. His own music can be heard on several solo
releases, among them Surrender and Phantoms, and on his newest
project with singer Kim Waters, called Rasa.
signed his first recording contract and released his first album
on Windham Hill Records before age of 20 in 1982. In 1991, Ira
formed a new group and released two albums on Narada Records.
Currently Ira has done his new album independently on his own
Lost Time Records label.
Donald is a nationally acclaimed author, instructor and performer
in middle eastern percussion. Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of
the scalloped fretboard guitar and the leader of Ancient Future.
Founded in 1978, Ancient Future is the first and longest running
ensemble dedicated to creating world fusion music.