The 12th Annual San Francisco World Music Festival kicks off Thursday (Oct. 27) and runs through Oct. 30 with a special tribute planned for North Indian Tabla Master and CalArts' World Music Chair Swapan Chaudhuri, celebrating his 30 years of teaching in the United States.
Chaudhuri performs on Friday night in the Madmen and Epic Heroes program, part of the festival-commissioned world premiere of The Epic Project:
Exploring the structure of our evolving global society, including roles of the sexes, concepts of justice and law, and the balance of opposing forces of nature, The Epic Project: Madmen | Heroines | Bards weaves together prominent symbols, metaphors, and traditional ideals from many of the worlds oldest Epics - from cultures as diverse as Africa, America, Azerbaijan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Taiwan, and Tibet...
Festival Music Director and percussionist Jim Santi Owen (Music MFA 05) has studied with Chaudhuri since 1991, and notes that the concert also marks Chaudhuri's 20 years of teaching at CalArts.
The concerts will feature dozens of other musicians from around the world, focusing on the "epic stories" of Chaudhuri, Chinese guzheng master Liu Wei Shan and South Indian Carnatic music master Anuradha Sridhar.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco
Tickets: $50 Festival Pass, $17 Member, $20 Public; Children under 12 / Seniors Free