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Steve Gorn met his bansuri guru, Sri Gour Goswami in 1971. He remembers the gifted young disciple, Gopal Roy, who became Eric Fraser’s guru 25 years later. Together, Steve and Eric deeply embody the gayaki vocal way of their gurus, who are descendants of the lineage of the legendary Pannalal Ghosh. Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotionof rasa, space and essence of raga.
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.
Eric Fraser is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC). Having learned intensively and extensively in Kolkata, India, for over 15 years, Eric is a top student of the legendary bansuri flute artist Pandit Gopal Roy, one of the only masters 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 quite original in its quality.
Bridging his experience as a composer and songwriter, Eric's orientation to Indian classical music serves as an inspiration for melody, and a creative tool for improvisation.
Eric recieved his masters in Music Therapy from NYU in 2009, and provides multi-instrumental and cross-cultural music therapy for children and adults in private practice. He also offers meditation and restorative experiences with live music in his "Sound Nidra" and "Nada Yoga" workshops.
Eric is currenlty an adjunct professor of music therapy at SUNY, New Paltz, and 2010 Fulbright senior research scholar music therapy and Indian music. Eric is also a co-founder of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, and has toured, recorded, performed and collaborated with a great list of artists including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn, Arturo O'farrell and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall and many more, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).
Shivalik Ghoshal comes from a musical family. From the age of seven, Shivalik has been a student of Sree Kinner K. Seen of Punjab gharana since 1989. Kinner-ji’s father, Pandit Lachman Seen, is the gurubhai of the late Ustad Alla Rakha Khan-Saheb. Presently, he is a student of the tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow gharana since 1997.
Shivalik has had the honour and privilege of accompanying maestros like Pandit Manilal Nag, Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Phalguni Mitra and Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain. Last but not least, Shivalik has performed all the tabla drumming in the Oscar winning soundtrack of the 2004 docu-drama, “Born Into Brothels.” In 2013, Shivalik participated in the "The Jungle Book" Musical with Walt Disney Theatrics, working with, Toni-winning theater director Mary Zimmerman, Toni-winning dance choreographer Christopher Gatelli for Broadway's "Newsies” and multi-talented music director Doug Peck who remixed the Jazz based music of the movie with Indian classical instrumentation for the "The Jungle Book” musical that toured in Chicago’s Goodman Theater and Boston’s Huntington Theater, respectively. Currently, he is a part/member of the Raga Renaissance movement in Brooklyn as part of Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) community that is dedicated to promoting Indian Classical/Raga based music throughout the NY area.