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Chris Ris (antique sarod) & Benjy Wertheimer (tabla)
Former Benson-Chaney Estate
Portland, OR
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Chris Ris (antique sarod) & Benjy Wertheimer (tabla)

Surshringar.com and Society for Historic and Rare Instruments of India (SHRII) are pleased to present Chris Ris (antique sarod) and Benjy Wertheimer (tabla). The two will provide a North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music concert at the historic Benson-Chaney House in North Portland.

Christophers sarod, named Dadu (meaning grandfather), is a fine specimen of one that was constructed in the style of Keramatullah Khan. Christopher purchased the sarod from an Indian musician and physicist living in Sweden and has spent countless hours meticulously restoring this instrument. From Jon Barlow in Adrian McNeils, The fish-shaped peg-box is modeled on the emblem of the Avadhi state, a fish. Those bottle shaped plates (of the fingerboard) seem only to be found on instruments connected with Keramatullah. Screws on the top surface at the edge. The playing string/chikari pattern is the same as most old sarodes and 13 taraffs (strings) was quite common. The neck looks comfy to play. Tun was the wood of choice in the deep north as it grows along the terai, but this was probably made in Calcutta. Keramatullah was also in Lucknow and Allahahbad before going to Kolkata after his brother Asadullah Kakubh Khan died in 1915.

Christopher Ris (ChrisRis.com) began his study of sarod and vocal music in 1971 under Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. He has since performed as a soloist, with Khansahibs orchestra, The New Maihar Band, has composed music for 3 films on life in India and an episode of the television series Young Indiana Jones. He has collaborated with flamenco dancer Rosa Montoya and flamenco guitarist Guillermo Rios, as well as the principal oudist of the National Orchestra of Turkey, Necati Celik. In 1974, he began a long-lived relationship with the renowned kathak dancer Chitresh Das. In 1981, he became Mr. Das primary musical accompanist and composer in residence for both his personal performances and his Chhandam Dance Company. Together they dramatically changed the style of kathak accompaniment, bringing the instrumentalist into the simultaneous improvisations with the dancer that were formerly the province of the tabla drummer alone. He has also collaborated and performed extensively with his wife, kathak dancer Marni Ris.

Benjy Wertheimer (shantalamusic.com/benjy) is an award-winning musician, composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist equally accomplished on tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards, Benjy Wertheimer has performed and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and renowned bamboo flute master G. S. Sachdev. He has also opened for such well-known artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Benjy is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed world fusion ensemble Ancient Future. Along with the Grateful Deads Mickey Hart, he was a contributing composer and member of the Zakir Hussain Rhythm Experience.


Former Benson-Chaney Estate (View)
7654 N Crawford Ave
Portland, OR 97203
United States


Music > World

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