The Jazz Vistas Ensemble presented a “South Asian Connections” concert on March 12 in Hajjar Auditorium. This was a special collaboration with several of New York’s top South Asian instrumentalists featuring traditional Indian offerings, Bollywood-inspired hits, and more.
World-renowned singer Falu, professional dancer Barkha Patel, percussionist Deep Singh, and multi-percussionist/drummer and D-E alumnus Dave Sharma ’94 performed an exhilarating night of music and dance. Along with the Jazz Vistas Ensemble, which is comprised of D-E Jazz Rock Ensemble/Stage Band Director and Music Department faculty member Rob DeBellis on reeds, Tom Barney on bass, and Robert Levin on keyboards and percussion, the artists all infused this special evening with a jazz perspective. The concert also feature student performers, including Dwight-Englewood’s own Jack Seidenberg ’15 on guitar and dancer Sara Uttamsingh ’19, along with student dancers Riya Babani, Ashita Dhadda, Diya Mookim, and Arushi Srimal.
As Dave Sharma describes: “At its best, the music from the Indian subcontinent is so much more than the sum of rhythm, melody, voice, and instruments—it speaks to the shared experiences, spirituality, and emotions of literally billions of people across the thousands of years of its existence.”