The music of Arohi Ensemble weaves the classical ragas and intricate rhythmic architectures of South Asia with the counterpoint of Western chamber music with Latin and jazz rhythms in a synthesis of traditions. Arohi brings a unique blend of sitar, bansuri (bamboo flute) & woodwinds, cello, tabla and drums. Guest artists range from classical Indian and spiritual jazz vocals, to sarod and the South Indian ghatum (clay pot).
Arohi means an "ascending melody". The music journeys from meditative ragas to dynamic polyrhythms and improvisations expressed in the free spirit of jazz. The ensemble includes disciples of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, playing on multiple Grammy-winning records. These artists bring these classical forms of east & west into a cohesion of exciting ragajazz chamber music.
In addition to being a performer, Paul teaches music from his home in Altadena, from the Glendale Community College, and online on Thinkific and across social media. His Ragas & Rhythms courses are available now!
Paul has been actively studying South Asian raga music since the age of 15 and performed around South Asia, Europe, Latin and North America with artists from North and South India including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pt Shashnka Bakshi, Pt. Homnath Upadhyaya, Partho Sarothy, Abhijit Banerjee, Poovalur Srinivasan, Ravikiran Chitravina, the late Geetha Bennett and Ustad Bashir Khan in Karachi. pictured above in the All Pakistan Music Conference 2018. Go here for Paul's guru's and training.
RagaSON, a world music crossover project of Son Jarocho, the Afro-Mexican folk music of Veracruz, and Indian classical raga music with touches of jazz and classical chamber music. The art of improvisation brings these two disparate traditions together in a way that beautifully demonstrates the universality of music!
RagaSON ~ Live in Xalapa
Paul Livingstone, Ramón Guittierez & Friends
SANGAM is the chamber music duo of sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson. Sangam performs innovative compositions and improvisations straddling the worlds of Indian classical music and European polyphony which arc between deep musical meditations to dynamic poly-rhythmic counterpoint. Their unique sound is imbibed with the free spirit of a jazz improvisation and incorporates touches of Latin and popular music styles. Sangam means 'a confluence of rivers', it is a meeting place of disparate streams flowing into one.
Paul & Pete have been recording and touring together for over 12 years performing with Arohi Ensemble, Build an Ark and Quartetto Fantastico among many other projects born of the globalized Los Angeles creative music community. They have been featured on three Grammy Award-winning records artists such as with Ozomatli, Quetzal & Rickey Kej.
Soul Force Project
The Soul Force Project is a nonprofit arts organization that unites musicians, visual artists, and thinkers behind a common goal: nonviolent political action. Our monthly events are curated around a theme (anything from local food insecurity to climate action and beyond) and delivers the best local artists and speakers LA has to offer. Our goal is to use the power of music and art to bridge the gaps of culture and class, creating a network of inspired and passionate individuals. To learn more, visit SoulForceProject.com.