Stone Church Arts Presents: An Evening Ragas on Indian Slide Guitar, Joel Veena

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BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT - In a rare local appearance, Joel ‘Veena’ Eisenkramer, presents a Stone Church Arts concert of traditional North Indian evening ragas played on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied on tabla by Rajesh Pai. The concert takes place in the beautiful and historic Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Joel has spent the last 11 years studying and performing Hindustani classical music, traveling back and forth between his native southern Vermont and India to learn in the traditional Guru-Shishya (student-disciple) oral tradition. First having studied 10 years with master Indian slide guitarist, Dr. Ranjan Kumar of Delhi (disciple of Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), Joel is now receiving advanced training from sarod maestro Pt Alok Lahiri of Kolkata in the Maihar gharana style of instrumental music.

Joel’s performances have been noted for their beauty and accuracy in representing classical Indian music while his engaging explanations and demonstrations of the instrument and music allow everyone in the audience a window inside understanding and appreciating North Indian classical music.

Some of his prestigious performances have included the 2019 Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, India (the world's largest spiritual festival), the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Delhi, National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore, the Ekal Ka Rann festival in Gujarat, and the Swar Deep Yagya in Moradabad. In the Netherlands, Joel has performed at the Willim Twee Concert Hall in Den Boesch and at Codarts Rotterdam World Music Conservatory. He has also toured extensively in his native USA. These concerts included lecture demonstrations at the California Institute for Integral Studies and California College of the Arts.

Having released three studio albums, Joel Veena’s music has been featured on Radio New Zealand, BBC Introducing and NPR. Dedicated to spreading the love and understanding of Indian classical music and Indian slide guitar, Joel is an artist who seeks to open the doors for listeners to share in the joy and wonder of Indian classical music.

Join Stone Church Arts for North Indian evening ragas, performed by Joel ‘Veena’ Eisenkramer on Indian slide guitar and Rajesh Pai on tabla at the stone church on the hill in Bellows Falls, Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $35 for premium, reserved seats. On the day of the show, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission, $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls and Misty Valley Books in Chester, by phone at 802-460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.