Bansuri - composer - sound nidra
Eric Fraser is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC). Eric is also a senior disciple of a living master of Indian classical music; bansuri flute artist Pandit Gopal Roy . Having learned intensively in the traditional way since 2003, Eric's bansuri playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music. The heritage of the musical tradition Eric learned from in Kolkata, India, is a rare gayaki-ang or "vocal style", giving it a vital place in the preservation of Indian classical music.
A Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music and founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Eric has studied and performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).
An eclectic story of an American songwriter devoting his life to the study and practice of Indian classical music. From pure Indian classical to experimental and innovative fusion projects, Eric Fraser's music expresses a soulful journey of creativity and discipline. Eric Fraser is also a music therapist, MA, MT-BC (To learn more about Eric's music therapy work, visit www.soundandnature.com and www.integrativemusictherapy.com)
Explore below to find works classical performances and ensembles/projects/bands.
Afrika Meets India - A pioneering convergence of traditional music from Africa and India
Brooklyn Raga Massive - the wildly popular collective of forward thinking musicians from Brooklyn, USA
NEW VIDEO RELEASE!! Rag Chandra Kauns live at Hudson Hall, September 1st, 2017. Matt Tal (9 beats) and drut teental.
Gharana, ( Hindi: “family” or “lineage”) in Hindustani music of India, a community of performers who share a distinctive musical style that traces to a particular instructor or region. The notion of a gharana arose in the 19th century, but it was not until the 20th century that the gharana took shape as a veritable system for the transmission of classical music. The system emerged as a means by which musicians could maintain their artistic authority—through emphasis of the lineage—in an era of declining court patronage. In the 21st century the gharana system remains a vital force in the validation of North Indian classical musicians.
The Bengal flute lineage, or "Gayaki Flute Parampara", whose founder was the legendary Pannalal Ghosh, is purely from the Maihar Gharana in it's origins. This lineage has a distinctive sound that is rarely heard today, a style of flute playing that incorporates Indian classical Dhrupad (in alap, meend, gamak) as well as modern gayaki-ang and instrumental approaches. The rich confluence of traditional approaches in our lineage has evolved as a unique sound that holds the pure treatment of North-Indian Raga at it's core. The skills and techniques are meant to show the beauty of the raga, and not only as a display of virtuosity. This approach yields the "bhav" or nectar of the raga, imparting the mood of the raga and delivering it's effect on the mind and body.
As Indian classical music is an oral tradition that can only be transmitted in person from gurus to disciples, it is important to mention the sources of taleem (oral teaching) that have converged in our gharana (lineage). The legendary founder of the bansuri in classical Indian music, Pannalal Ghosh, was a disciple of Ustad Allaudin Khan, the founder of the Maihar Gharana. Pandit Gour Goswami was a disciple of Pannalal Ghosh, and he became the guru of my guru, Pandit Gopal Roy, and Steve Gorn.
Sound Nidra Workshop - An integration of restorative yoga postures with a live healing sound bath. YOGA FOR LIVE MUSIC!
As in traditional Yoga Nidra, a Sound Nidra session is designed to invoke yogic sleep or deep calming of the mind. In the Sound Nidra session, international performing musician and music therapist (MA, MT-BC) Eric Fraser teams up with his wife and master teacher/yogini Ruthie Fraser to bring live music and healing sounds to supported yoga postures that progressively open and unwind various territories of the physical body and subtle body. Participants will be guided into restorative yoga postures with straps, blocks and bolsters, which are accompanied by nourishing live music and sound for healing and meditation. The progression of both postures and sound offers a complete restorative experience on multiple levels. Instrumentation typically includes the Indian bansuri (bamboo) flute, voice, gongs, tuning forks, sitar, tabla, frame drum and other percussion instruments. Involves some simple vocal participation, no musical experience required.
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