Thank you to everyone who participated in Immersion Day!
Activities included a lesson in Tai Chi Chuan with Ban Sou; fiber arts with Robin Russo; music, storytelling, and movement with Migmar Tsering; dumpling making; a hands-on experience with traditional percussion instruments led by Shane Shanahan and Sandeep Das of the Silk Road Project; and an interactive bazaar.
|We hope you had as much fun as we did!|
About Our Tradition-Bearers
Grammy-nominated Sandeep Das is one of the world’s leading tabla virtuosos. A favorite disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj ji of the Benaras Gharana, he has built a diverse international career, collaborating with a variety of genre-crossing artists. Das is founder of HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), an ensemble promoting global understanding through performance and education.
Percussionist and composer Shane Shanahan has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create his own unique style. He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, and Deep Purple, among others. Shanahan’s ecstatic playing led the New York Times to proclaim, “By the time he finished in a virtuosic jester’s dance…the audience roared with delight.”
Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, dyeing, felting and working with exotic fibers. Since the 1980s, she has taught at numerous gatherings of spinners, weavers, felters, knitters and historical societies. She has also been writing for Interweave Press for 10 years and has had articles published in Interweave Knits, Spin Off, and Interweave Felt. A fiber enthusiast for more than 40 years, she takes every opportunity to explore its potential.
Migmar Tsering has been in Vermont since 2011, having previously taught at the Tibetan Children’s School in Dharamsala, India. He is president of the Tibetan Association of Vermont, and has played the Dramyin since childhood.
About the Silk Road Project
“Inspired by his curiosity about the world and eager to forge connections across cultures, disciplines, and generations, cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the nonprofit organization Silkroad in 1998. The Silk Road Ensemble was formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world. Silkroad has been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005, with offices on Harvard’s Allston campus since 2010.”