KALYAN PATHAK* – Indian/American (Tabla, Drumset and Percussion)

Lauded as Fleet Finger Virtuosity by Chicago Tribune Critic, Howard Reich, Kalyan Pathak brings his wealth of multi-cultural experiences to his musicianship, drumming, percussion and composition. Born in Ahmedabad, India, from ages 9 until 15, he was formally trained in Classical North Indian Tabla by Ustad Kader Khan and Ustad Rehman Khan. He later apprenticed with the most prominent drummer and composer, Ranjit Barot, who in the mid 1980’s brought teenaged Kalyan to Bombay. While devoting himself to playing western drumset, Kalyan concurrently did regular session work with the prestigious Lakshmikant Pyarelal Orchestra and Louis Banks Band, and toured all over India playing with various jazz and rock bands.

Kalyan came to Chicago in 1991 on a full scholarship from Roosevelt University where he received a BA degree in Music/Jazz studies with honors. He went on to study African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Middle Eastern genres of percussion with various masters in the United States.

Since moving to the US, Kalyan has become one of the most sought-after virtuoso Tabla and multi-ethnic percussionists in the country, and has performed, collaborated and toured with many international artists in jazz, classical and jam band music scenes, including Aretha Franklin and Regis Philbin. He appeared as a soloist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet and was a collaborative group member with Fareed Haque Group, Howard Levy, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Pacifica String Quartet, Theodore Bikel, Alberto Mizrahi, Steve Kimock, and many others.

Kalyan’s vibrant energy and innovative concepts have contributed to numerous collaborations and recording projects, where he can be heard playing Tabla, drumset and percussion along with his unique vocals. Recent projects include recordings with his own group Jazz Mata, composing and performing jazz big band composition for Holiday Music of Silk Road for Midwest Young Artists and Chicago Silk Road Project, the musical score for the Contemporary American Theater Festival, as well as for numerous national tours with the Fareed Haque Group, in addition to tours of Germany, Switzerland and Brazil on a variety of musical projects.

Kalyan is a lifelong educator, having delivered clinics and classes in India, United States, Europe, and Latin America. In Chicago, he has given classes for the International Music Foundation and has performed educational shows for over 100,000 Chicago public school students. He is faculty at Merit School of Music, Chicago, as well as, a Paiste Cymbals Artist Endorsee.

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