Jake Charkey presents rare sound of the Hindustani cello at BMC
Jake Charkey

Jake Charkey presents rare sound of the Hindustani cello at BMC

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro native Jake Charkey, a cellist whose unusual career has led him to spend the last two decades immersed in the study of North Indian Classical music, presents a program featuring the rare sound of the Hindustani cello at the Brattleboro Music Center, Sunday, Nov. 13.

Charkey will be accompanied by tabla player Naren Budhkar, who has accompanied artists like Pandit Jasraj, Aashish Khan, and Pandit Ramesh Mishra, among many others.

As one of only a small handful of cellists who play Indian classical music, Charkey has been a pioneer in the development and adaptation of new techniques for rendering raga on the cello in the style of vocal Hindustani music, organizers say. He has learned from the celebrated violinist Padmabhushan, Dr. N. Rajam.

In addition to his presentation of raga music, he will perform newly composed music for cello that draws from Indian music, including a world premiere of Akshaya Avril Tucker's “Sleep and Dream Flying” and music by Reena Esmail.

Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are $20 general admission in advance or $25 at the door. They are available on the Brattleboro Music Center website - bmcvt.org - or by calling 802-257-4523.

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