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David Philipson,California

David Philipson began studying north Indian classical music and bansuri [the north Indian bamboo flute] in 1979 with the late Professor Amiya Dasgupta, tabla and rhythmic concepts with the late Pandit Taranath Rao and South Indian music, Balinese and Javanese music and Ghanaian (Ewe) music and dance with the distinguished World Music faculty at California Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA and MFA in World Music. In 1984 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in India with the leading exponents of the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh lineage of bansuri performance; Pandit V.G. Karnad, Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar and Pandit Nityanand Haldipur. He has also received guidance from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Bellare and Pandit Rajiv Taranath.

Philipson performed in the US premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's composition "Sternklang" for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival.

He was music director, composer and performer for the Guthrie Theater's 1993 production and US premiere of Girish Karnad's 'Naga Mandala' (Play with a Cobra), directed by Garland Wright and performed music for 'Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Stella Adler Theater in 1997.


For the past 5 years Philipson has been working with the innovative trumpet player/composer Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith as a member of his ensemble 'N'Da Kulture' and can be heard on Smith's CD releases Tao N'Jia , Golden Hearts Rememberance and Dreams and Secrets with Thomas Mapfumo.

Philipson resides in Val Verde, California and teaches and performs in the greater Los Angeles area.

Email: david@sudeepaudio.com
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