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.