Ashwin Batish Ensemble In Spearfish
The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish presents a live performance by the Ashwin Batish Ensemble on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band members are in Spearfish classrooms today and tomorrow explaining the origins of their instruments and Indian music. Ashwin Batish is a sitarist and table player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso and funk. He calls his worldbeat music "Sitar Power." He's also an educator and gives private and group Indian music lessons at his Santa Cruz, California music school. His band includes Myron Dove (bass), Keshav Batish (table and percussion) and singer Meena Batish. For more information about the ensemble, go to: www.ashwinbatish.com.