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Guarav Mazumdar, Sept. 16, Morrison Center


It's an unlikely combination, American jazz and Hindustani classical, but one that local non-proft Melody World is willing to bet will strike a popular note in Boise. The organization works to bring live performances of Indian classical music to Boise, and if this weekend's concert from Indian sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar is any indication of the group's success, Boise can expect to see much, much more Indian folk and classical music.

It's almost a little unbelievable that between playing concerts in Germany, hosting workshops in Russia and teaching on three continents, the Grammy-nominated musician will take time to stop in Boise on a tour of the United States. Mazumdar is well known as one of the world's foremost sitar players (the sitar is ancient Indian version of the guitar that produces a very distinctive and melodic twang), as well as one of the genre's greatest composers.

This weekend, Mazumdar shares the stage with local tenor sax player Sandon Mayhew, sarod player Brandon MacIntosh and tabla player Kuntal Ray for a concert that will be largely improvisational.

Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. $15 general, $10 Boise State students and seniors. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane. To purchase tickets, visit or India Foods, 602 N. Orchard St., 208-387-0000.