Yalkut - Music Bio
Including three years abroad in Nepal and
India, Megan has studied the music of India since 1988. She
began by immersing herself in the vocal traditions of Nepal
and India, learning to sing folk, devotional, and classical songs and play
the harmonium (an accordion-like keyboard instrument). In
1994 she became a student of world renowned Maestro
Ali Akbar Khan, adopting the sarode (a 25-string fretless
instrument played somewhat like a slide guitar) as her primary
instrument. Listen to sound clips and read more about the instruments.
Megans performance and teaching have included classical
and folk music of India in the traditional forms as well as
fusion with jazz, classical, and pop, as well as leading kirtan (chanting). As with dance, she has
performed and taught in CA, CO, IA, and GA as well as Nepal and India. She has performed in groups incorporating both classical Indian music and world fusion as well as belly dance.
Megan's main tabla accompanist is Jeffrey Rodgers (see bio below). Megan and Jeffrey perform classical Indian music for events, weddings, private parties, etc. and offer demo/lectures at schools and other organizations.They also sometimes offer East meets West fusion performances (Jeffrey also plays the hammered dulcimer and adds this to the mix). Contact Megan at the above email for more info on bookings.
Jeffrey Rodgers has been playing tabla since
1974. His long years of devotion to practice
and perfection show in his precision, passion
and tone. He began his studies under
Surendrenath Jena. In 1981 he was fortunate
to become the student of the late great
tabla maestro Ustad Alla Rakha, and continued
to study with his son, Ustad Zakir
Hussein, in California and Bombay, India.
He has performed with many Indian Music
Artists throughout the U.S.A and Canada,
and gives private lessons, lecture / demos,
and workshops throughout the Midwest. To contact Jeffrey directly about tabla lessons, call 303-651-0573.