SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale is set to welcome Zamin, a Chicago-based “Hindi Indie” band that features a graduate from its program.
At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Zamin, which combines traditional and contemporary Indian techniques, will visit the school for a free concert. The band features 2008 graduate Eric Seligman, who will play guitar, harmonium, trumpet and percussion.
The band melds Indian vocal techniques supported with classical folk, rock and light jazz to create its acoustic sound. Members use a variety of instruments such as the cello, double bass, classical guitar and tanpura to support the vocals of lead singer Zeshan Bagewadi. The result is a unique sound with classical instrumentation, Hindi vocals and an indie rock approach to composition.
“Zamin” translates to “Earth” in Hindi. Many lyrics from the group’s debut album come from traditional Urdu poems, while newer material is written in English.
The band will play four venues in the East Village and Alphabet City during the northeast portion of its tour. It will then travel to Indianapolis; Cincinnati; and Washington, D.C. The band recently appeared in an hourlong radio performance on Chicago’s WBEZ “Worldview,” and was featured the past two years at 9/11 Concerts for Peace in Chicago’s Chase Auditorium.