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Michael Stirling

Instructor of Hindustani Voice

  • Michael Stirling
    Photo Credit: Autumn Rose

Michael Stirling is a vocalist of the Kirana Gharana and a Disciple of the late master of Indian Classical Raga Singing, Pandit Pran Nath (1918-1996) and a student of Nathji’s Senior Disciple, the renowned composer/performer, Maestro Terry Riley.

In November 2018 Michael will assist his teacher, Terry Riley, in a series of events scheduled to take place in California, celebrating their Guruji Pandit Pran Nath’s 100th birthday.  Happy 100th Guruji!!

Michael has offered his voice at Nritya Mandala Mahavihara, Shi Janmasthan Bhoomi (the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura, India), Beloved Festival of Sacred Art & Music (for 10 years), Dzogchen Community Temple in Berkeley, Yale Union, the Portland Composers & Improvisers Festival, the Creative Music Guild and elsewhere and has accompanied his teachers at the Dharga of Hazarat Inayat Khan (New Delhi), Diggi Palace in Jaipur, India, the Rothko Chapel and elsewhere. He has also performed with such artists as Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Uday Bawalkar (Dhrupad), Ustad Hafizullah Khan (sarangi) Sri Karunamayee and others.

Michael Stirling’s raga singing offerings are accompanied by Tambura, the majestic and indispensable drone necessary for Indian Classical Music and Tabla, the set of two, highly refined and tuned hand drums..

Michael is on the music faculty at Lewis & Clark College, teaching Hindustani Vocal Music, serves on the Board of Directors of Tarabuq Arts (supporting the efforts of Sufi Qawwali Ensemble, Fanna Fi Allah) and offers private instruction and small group classes in the community.

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