Saturday, May 12th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, $10 admission
CD’s available - featured in Around Kent January 2018 ($18)
The Market of Kashi - an evening of exotic music with multi-instrumentalist Mike Hovancsek on koto and sitar, Samuel Salsbury, violin and sarangi and guest Joe Culley, tabla. Their acoustic collaboration is a tribute to the human spirit, blending traditional South Indian and East Asian influences, moving from joy to reflection to celebration. Kashi is the ancient name of the holy city of Varanasi, India, the oldest continually inhabited city on earth. The musical images evoke the open-air market as it stirs awake with activity.
Versatile violinist Samuel Salsbury brings soulful depth to a vast assortment of musical styles and situations. He is best known for his kirtan performances, having played with many of the world’s leading kirtan artists. Samuel has classical training from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and performs rock, blues, jazz, avant-garde, and Cajun/Zydeco. His spiritual journey has taken him to such countries as Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, India, and Japan. He has been learning to play the sarangi with one of the world's finest sarangi masters in Varanasi.
Mike Hovancsek approaches music as a puzzle, combining instruments, rhythms, and tunings from many different cultures in order to create unique musical hybrids. He plays many instruments, including koto (Japan), sitar (India), classical guitar (Western), gongs (China), balafon (Guinea), and hand drums (Middle East, S.E. Asia). His work centers on spiritual and psychological concepts, including the creation of flow states, and the development of cognitive dissonance. Mike's work appears on 32 CD’s both as a soloist and as a member of various groups. You can hear his sound on public radio stations, as story background on Public Radio International, and as film soundtracks.