Talents of Chhandayan
Since 1984, Chhandayan has been grooming some of the most talents students of music from India and the west. From time to time, we take pleasure in presenting them to our audience, as they are already established performers in their respective fields. This concert will feature tabla solos by 3 experienced Chhandayan Students
Jorge Ramiro – a Mexican, now residing in Hong Kong,
Randall Jamrok – from Illinois
Edward Feldman an American now living in Italy and Austria
Jorge Ramiro grew up in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at the age of 18. Ramiro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the State University of New York. He has been studying tabla and classical Indian music since the age of 19, when he did a semester abroad at Pune University and began learning tabla under Pandit Ramdas Palsule. Since 1998 he has been a disciple of Pandit Samir Chatterjee, one of India’s most influential tabla players from the Farukhabad Gharana. Ramiro performed in classical Indian music concerts in India, the United States, Mexico, France, Australia and Hong Kong. He has also recorded and performed with pop artist Natalie Imbruglia and in the late 90’s as a member of the Mexican rock band, Botellita de Jerez, with whom he toured and did live TV performances. In late 2009 he completed the score of a documentary entitled 5000 Metros.
Randall Jamrok is an up-and-coming tabla player in the Hindustani classical music tradition. He is from an Indiana suburb of Chicago and is dedicated to the vibrant Chicago Indian classical music scene. Randall began his studies of tabla on February 24, 1999 in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY with Pt. Samir Chatterjee of the Farrukhabad Gharana.
He has performed with Indian Classical musicians including the late Pandit Ramesh Mishra, bansuri Maestro Steve Gorn, harmonium Maestro Nalin Moolji, sitar players Maestro Aloke Dasgupta and Daisy Paradis, the International Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University Bloomington directed by Mary Goetze, and the Chhandayan student tabla ensemble performing at Lincoln Center directed by Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Randall has also performed recitals as a soloist. Randall has put much attention to the development of his tonality and clarity on the tabla, which is a hallmark of the Farrukhabad Gharana and a goal which his guru has guided him towards.
As a drum set player, Randall has performed throughout the US and internationally, including a tour in China. Randall is an active accompanist and soloist in the Chicago metro area. He is currently a music teacher in the Chicago area.