Dhrupad Fusion

Dr. Payton McDonald

Dhrupad Fusion

28 March 2014 05:00PM

In this Friday Funda, Dr. Payton MacDonald gave a talk and a demonstration on Indian and Western fusion music. He performed American maverick John Cage’s “Raga Music,” a unique piece that blends East and West aesthetics. Dr. Payton also gave a short talk about various composers and performers exploring fusion music in the present time, including artists such as Zakir Hussain, Terry Riley, Michael Harrison, Reena Esmail, and many others.

His talk included audio examples and photos. This event was in association with the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF).

About Dr. Payton MacDonald:

Dr. Payton MacDonald is the Associate Professor of Music at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, USA. He is a composer, improviser, percussionist, singer, and educator. He has created a unique body of work that draws upon his extensive experience with East Indian tabla drumming and Dhrupad singing, Jazz, European classical music, and the American experimental tradition. Dr. Payton works across multiple musical genres, often at the same time. He is presently in India on a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, studying Dhrupad vocals with renowned masters, the Gundecha Brothers.