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Chris Hale to Perform Two Free
Sitar Concerts at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 22, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Chris Hale will perform a blend of North Indian bhajans and western devotional songs on the sitar from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hale, now based in New York City, attended Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, and Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to India to study Hindusthani music and earn the visharad degree in sitar. He then began to incorporate Hindu bhajans into his musical performances.
Bhajans are Hindu devotional songs. Most of these simple songs, sung in praise of God, were written in India between the 14th and 17th centuries. In these songs, complex spiritual truths are portrayed in the simple language of farmers, merchants and other common people of the time.
Paul Warnock, an ethnomusicologist at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., will join Hale on a second sitar, along with Danny Warnock on tabla.
Sponsored by The Navigators at UW-Eau Claire and Speed of Sound, 801 Main Street, Eau Claire, the concert is free and open to the public.
Hale also will perform from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Davies Theatre during UW-Eau Claire’s International Folk Fair.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002