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Seattle
Raga
Institute
Seattle
Raga
Institute
A collective of experienced professional musicians and music instructors bringing high quality North Indian Classical Music to the greater Seattle area through performances and  instructions for the enrichment of our city’s culture.
Concert with Buddhadev Das Gupta
The Instructors
Brandon McIntosh

Brandon McIntosh

Sarod & Piano

Chaz Hastings

Chaz Hastings

Tabla

Josh Humphrey

Josh Humphrey

Hindustani Guitar

Seattle Raga Institute or SRI was formed by Seattle-based musicians Brandon McIntosh, Satyajit Limaye, and Chaz Hastings, each a professional concertizing musician with years of onstage experience. The purpose of SRI is to provide its students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of North Indian Classical music by interacting with SRI’s different teachers as well as each other. By working together and utilizing modern instruction tools and methods, students can acquire more musical knowledge and experience at a faster rate than they could before.SRI provides its students with online materials such as worksheets, recordings, and other materials that facilitate the education process. SRI’s instructors also emphasize the importance of individual and group practice as the primary means for student growth. Classes are open to all ages of students from 5 years old to adults, and from rank beginner to advanced.
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Sarod & Piano
Brandon McIntosh
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Brandon McIntosh

Brandon McIntosh

Sarod & Piano

Brandon McIntosh is a celebrated sarod player and proponent of the Senia Shahjahanpur gharana and disciple of Padma Bhushan Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta.

Brandon has spent the last 10 years developing a unique way of teaching Indian classical music on the piano and has co-founded the Seattle Raga Institute to teach this technique. He has completed a bachelors in percussion and a masters in music composition while also studying sarod for nearly 20 years. He has traveled the world and performed in Russia, France, Belgium and India as well as throughout the United States.

Josh Humphrey

Josh Humphrey

Hindustani Guitar

Josh Humphrey teaches Hindustani guitar in Sammamish. Beginning at age 14, he has pursued classical, blues, rock, and finger-style in addition to his main focus of Hindustani guitar. Josh studies in the Senia Shah-Jahanpur gharana, and has taken classes with Pandit Buddhadev DasGupta. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon, as well as a bachelor of Music degree from Central Washington University. Josh also receives tabla training from Ustad Sabir Khan, khalifa of the Farrukhabad gharana. He has performed around the country, and his compositions have earned awards from several Universities and festivals.

In addition to working as an instructor with SRI, Josh is on the faculty at Central Washington University, and is the owner operator of JBH Guitars, a custom hand-builder of acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments.

Hindustani Guitar
Website: jbhguitars.com

E-mail: oudandtabla@yahoo.com

Phone: 541-954-2621

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Tabla
Website: tablaseattle.com

E-mail: chaztabla@gmail.com

Phone: 503-348-5265

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Chaz Hastings

Chaz Hastings

Tabla

Chaz Hastings decided to become a professional tabla player after he first heard these amazing drums at the age of sixteen.  Since then Chaz’s passion for Tabla has taken him to India numerous times and led him to study with some of the finest musicians in the world.

Today Chaz is one of the most prominent performers and teachers of the Tabla in the Pacific Northwest, capable of playing in virtually any genre of North Indian classical or folk music.  Chaz plays Tabla for khayal, instrumental, kathak dance, thumri, and ghazal, as well as performing his own solos on Tabla.  Chaz has performed widely both within the US and in India and continues to make a name for himself in the world of Indian classical music.

Chaz’s is an active player with these affiliations:

Tabla instructor for Seattle Raga Institute, SRI
Principal Tabla accompanist for Kala Anga Kathak Academy, Seattle and Cleveland chapters
Tabla/Pakhawaj accompanist for Dhrupad Music Institute of America, DMIA
Tabla Faculty for the Seattle Drum School in Georgetown

Contact the instructors using their contact forms, or you may use the links provided to visit their personal websites for more information. Thank you.
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