RITUAL Productora presenta al Ensamble Ragason (Live session 2013). Con su tema: "La Indita". Una propuesta musical muy original y diferente donde se fusiona la dulzura de la música Raga de India y la fuerza de el Son Jarocho.
Ensamble RAGASON
Collaborations of new music between India classical ragas and rhythms and Son Jarocho folk tradition of Veracruz. The art of improvisation brings these two disparate traditions together in a way that beautifully demonstrates the universality.
Ramón Gutiérrez - Requinto
Paul Livingstone- SItar
Luis Miguel Costero- Percusionista
Nathalie Ramírez Tovar- Bansuri
Paty Ivison- Violoncello
Jacob Hernández – Marimbol
Djahel Vinaver - Bailarina de danza Odissi
Annahí Saoco Cruz - Zapateado jaracho
Composición y arreglos de sones tradicionales:
Ramon Gutiérrrez Hernandez y Paul Livingstone
Con la colaboración de Miguel Ángel Aguayo
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, international performing artist Paul Livingstone is one of the leading sitarists in America today. He has focused his studies in the creative tradition of Indian classical raga music in which he has been rigorously trained for the past 25 years in India and the US studying under the late Amiya Dasgupta, Rajeev Taranath and the living legend Pandit Ravi Shankar.Paul has performed in around the US, Mexico, Europe & Asia and has just returned from a major concert tour performing Indian music in Nepal, India, Czech & Germany.
As a committed composer Paul leads his own Arohi Ensemble and has composed for film, television, theater and dance. He also plays a variety of fretless guitars and requintos of his own design and has also developed a unique style of 'ragajazz chamber music' blending Indian ragas, jazz, counterpoint & rhythmic material from diverse world traditions. As a creative force for true 'world music synthesis', Paul maintains a clear vision for the dissemination of traditional forms and is grounded in the rich cultural milieu of Los Angeles as a dedicated teaching artist & community activist.
Paul has performed in setting as a sitar soloist with Symphony & Choral to ragajazz, pop & rock contexts, in major festivals and venues such as the Hollywood Bowl...
Paul played on Ozomatli's 2005 Grammy award winning 'Street Signs'. Paul also received an LA Music Week Award certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles from District #1 Councilman Ed Reyes. The award & certificate are "In appreciation of pioneering music in our community and dedicating your life in teaching the rich multicultural heritage of music to our youth, therefore making our city a better place in which to live."
Paul composed Indian music and recorded sitar, sarod & requinto on the upcoming Albert Brooks film 'Looking for Humor in the Muslim World' with composer Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles) being release in January 2006.
'As Vishnu Dreams' was Paul's first theater production which he composed for Indian/world music trio. Paul played sitar, requinto, fretless guitar & Balinese percussion along Peter Jacobson on cello & Pial Hussain on tabla. This Cornerstone Theater run featured an extraordinary combination of acting & shadow puppets accompanied by world music soundscapes & live music. Paul has also studied Persian classical music with Hossein Alizadeh, Javanese Gamelan with Pak Djoko Walujo, Macedonian music with Miroslav Tadic, and jazz with Larry Koonse and Charlie Haden. With concert performances in the US, Mexico and Spain, Paul has played & recorded with world music, jazz & popular artists such as Ozomatli, Alanis Morrisette, Lian Ensemble, Swapan Chaudhuri, Geetha Bennett, John Bergamo, Glen Velez, Hossien Alizadeh, Jihad Racy, Poovalur Sriji, Kenny Burrell, Chitravina RaviKiran, Pedro Eustache, Wadada Leo Smith, Sandip Burman and Prince Diabate with whom Paul created a new ensemble called Tumbafé composing new world music and playing sitar with master kora player and griot musician from Guinea, West Africa, Prince Diabaté. This unique and innovative Indo/African quartet was received with tremendous enthusiasm 1992 World Festival of Sacred Music. Paul has received Artist in the Community grants from the city of Los Angeles has conducted music workshops and produced free and low cost concerts of world music and dance events in schools, churches and community centers since 1993. He is committed to making diverse art forms of music and dance available to people of all backgrounds in Los Angeles.

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