Sitar player, performer, and North Indian Classical musician, Arjun K Verma, joins Velvet Einstein on Thursday, September 28th @ 5PM to discuss Verma’s recent collaboration with Alam Khan and the Del Sol Quartet ahead of their appearance at the Presidio Theater in SF on October 13th.
Arjun has spent his entire life steeped in the tradition of North Indian Classical music. The son of internationally performing sitarist Roop Verma, who was a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, Arjun began learning sitar from his father at age five.
As a composer, Arjun has written commissioned works for documentary film, opera, and live performing arts, and has arranged numerous works of Indian classical music for ensembles of both Indian and non-Indian instrumentation.
In 2023, Arjun collaborated with Alam Khan on composing and recording a crossover album rooted in Indian classical and European classical music: The Resonance Between, featuring Del Sol String Quartet and tabla players Ojas Adhiya, Ishaan Ghosh, and Nilan Chaudhuri. This work, created in collaboration with composer Jack Perla, endeavors to express the search for identity as multi-ethnic musicians, employing both South Asian and Western musical influences in a contemporary style.