Steve Oda and Ty Burhoe ~ Friday, August 21st

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An evening of North Indian classical music with Sarod player Steve Oda, tabla player Ty Burhoe and special guest vocalist Chad Hamill.

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Friday, August 21st


CIMC 213 S San Francisco St. Flagstaff, AZ

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Steve Oda began his musical education at the age of seven, learning to play slide guitar and then jazz guitar. His love of creativity through musical expression led him to the classical music of North India and the sarode. His practice started earnestly with Ustad Aashish Khan in 1971, and then in 1973 he became a disciple of Aashish’s father, the legendary musician, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, one of India’s treasures. Since then Steve has dedicated himself to fully learning this complex art form and to carry on the teachings of his illustrious guru. In 1996, he received a prestigious Canada Council Artist’s Grant to pursue intensive studies at an advanced level with Ali Akbar Khan.

For over thirty years Steve Oda has been blessed with many international performances that have included such outstanding musicians as Pandit Sharda Sahai, Bob Becker (NEXUS), Ravi Naimpally (TASA), Ty Burhoe, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Vineet Vyas. He has also been privileged to accompany many eminent musicians including Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

The demand for his playing continues to increase throughout North America as well as in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and, most recently in Japan. Steve moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998 and served as Executive Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for a two year period.  He currently resides near San Francisco actively teaching and performing the beautiful music of North India.


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Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain, since1990. From that time forward, Ty has been wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path. Ty is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He is internationally recognized for being instrumental in creating unique collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. He has become well known not only for his talents as a tabla player, but also for his extensive experience as a recording engineer and live concert producer. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD, including the academy award winning documentary, "Born into Brothels." In 2004 Ty opened the Indie record label “Tala Records" which features many of his collaborations.

Ty works with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Art Lande, Krishna Das, Kala Ramnath, Curandero (Miguel Espinoza), Ustad Sultan Khan, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Bruce Dunlap, Kai Eckhardt, Steve Gorn, Mamadou Diabate, Rick Alan (Def Leppard), Howard Levy, Kitaro, Bill Dougals, Jon Anderson (Yes) and many more. Ty has performed in prestigious halls all around the world including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall in London. On the side, he is the tour assistant for his teacher Zakir Hussain, touring, producing and managing concerts worldwide. Ty also teaches “Sound & Spirit” workshops focused on the spiritual nature of sound, as well as tabla intensives throughout the world.

Steve’s performances are available on select recordings including Tala Records 2006 release, “Invocation” and on four CDs: Ragas of North India featuring Ragas Chandranandan and Misra Khammaj, Raga Marwa, Classical Ragas of India, and Classical North Indian Music.





Chad Hamill specializes in the classical music of northern India and Native American music. In addition to teaching at Northern Arizona University, he has taught courses in indigenous and world musics at Cal Arts, Naropa University, Washington State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in 2008.

After earning a BFA degree in African music from CalArts in 1993, Hamill began his MFA studies in Indian classical vocal music under the direction of Pandit Rajeev Taranath, world-renowned vocalist and master of the sarod. Soon after receiving his degree, Chad was asked to join the North Indian classical department at CalArts where he taught courses in Indian classical theory, sargam, private lessons, and Indian classical ensemble. As a performer he has been featured alongside artists such as Pandit Ramesh Misra, Ustad Roshan Bhartiya, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Abhiman Kaushal and Arup Chattopadhyay. Chad Hamill continues his lifelong study of Indian classical music under the direction of his guru, Pandit Rajeev Taranath.

Prior to earning a PhD in ethnomusicology, Chad Hamill was an active recording artist, releasing four CDs of original music. His most recent CD, "Sympatiko," is a collaborative effort between himself and Brazilian musician Joao Junqueira. During its release, "Sympatiko" received airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide and was featured on the nationally syndicated show "Native Sounds, Native Voices."

A descendant of the Spokane tribe, Hamill's doctoral dissertation, Songs from Spirit: Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau, explores traditional song as a catalyst for spiritual power among tribes of the interior Northwest. In addition to regularly giving papers at national meetings for the Society for Ethnomusicology, he has presented papers at Native American and indigenous studies conferences, including AISA (the American Indian Studies Association) and NAISA (the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association). He recently completed a book titled Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau: The Jesuit, the Medicine Man, and the Indian Hymn Singer (Oregon State University Press, 2012), which examines the role of song both Native and Catholic in the perpetuation of indigenous identity, a phenomenon he explores largely through the relationship between Gibson Eli (Hamill's great-uncle) the last medicine man of the Spokan tribe, Fr. Tom Connolly, a Jesuit active in the Columbia Plateau for over half a century, and Mitch Michael, an Indian hymn leader. Songs of Power and Prayer will be a part of an indigenous studies series titled First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies.

He currently serves as chair of the Applied Indigenous Studies department at Northern Arizona University.








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