Friday, January 31, 2014

J.J. Gregg, an Indian Classical Music Sitarist

J.J. Gregg performs Indian classical music on sitar. From calm introspection to energetic exploration, J.J. renders traditional melodies for a universal audience. Question and answer session to follow concert.

About J.J. Gregg!
Born in central Illinois, J.J. Gregg began musical training with the piano at age 8, followed by playing the French horn and piano in school jazz bands and orchestras, and years of writing and performing with his experimental rock band.  In 2000, Gregg moved to Pune, India on a study abroad program and met internationally renowned sitar player Ustad Usman Khan. For the past fourteen years he has studied sitar under Khan at Naad Mandir, traveling to back to Pune seven times.  In August 2013, Gregg came back from a year studying and living in Pune and Mumbai, India.  Prior to this trip, J.J. Gregg lived in Athens for three years, working with Kids on Campus, the Westside Community Garden, and developing a passion for growing garlic.  Gregg has performed in the US, India, and Thailand.