The sarangi, one of the oldest and most popular string instruments in Hindustani (North Indian classical) music, is known to be one of the most demanding string instruments to play. It is also the only instrument in the world that can emulate all the nuances of the human voice. Played with a bow, this instrument has three main strings and 37 sympathetic strings.
Suhail Yusuf Khan, a sarangi prodigy, started to play the instrument when he was 7 years old. The grandson of the sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan, and nephew of sarangi genius Ustad Kamal Sabri, his professional career took off at age 11 when he played his first live concert in Liverpool, England.
Ever since, Khan has toured extensively in India, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. Having played with artists like Steve Vai, James Yorkston, and John Thorne, Khan has transcended musical and cultural boundaries as a music composer, instrumentalist and singer. A musician who delves heavily into experimentation, and integrates musical influences from all over the world into his playing, Khan is the first of his kind to fuse ancient classical music from India with genres as varied as jazz, rock, electronic, and Irish music.
Berklee India Exchange is proud to host Khan as he conducts a master class on Hindustani music and the sarangi. He will also be one of the featured guest artists in the Berklee Indian Ensemble spring concert, Bridges, on May 9.