Paul Livingstone, sitarist & composer

Performing artist and activist Paul Livingstone spent a highly formative teenage year initiating his study of music in India, eventually becoming one of the few American disciples of the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar. He has since toured as a performer around South Asia, Europe, and Latin America, developing a reputation as a serious proponent of the North Indian raga music. 

As a composer, Paul brings a grounded knowledge of tradition to his work. He has composed and recorded for film and television, as well as for numerous live theater and dance productions. He has also performed on two Grammy-winning records and on recordings with popular artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Ricky Kej, and Ozomatli. 

Paul leads the Arohi Ensemble and performs regularly as a classical sitarist. He is on the music faculty at Glendale Community College as a teacher of Indian and world music ensembles. He is also the founder of the Soul Force Project, an ongoing performance vehicle combining live music and with a message of nonviolent change-making.

Beatitude

Paul Livingstone & Pankaj Mishra

Beatitude is a raga meditation exploring the counter-cultural values of the sermon on the mount and the radical way of Jesus. Sitar and sarangi are accompanied by upright bass and contemporary soundscape textures. Based upon Raga Desh, the beatitude/blessing of 'purity of heart' is from where, according to the text we gain spiritual vision.
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