Tim White | Sitar
“White’s musical performances have left his audiences with a lasting appreciation for the beauty and depth of classical Indian music. His joyful creativity and commitment to his art is apparent in every brilliant performance.”India Currents Magazine
Tim White began learning from Ali Akbar Khan in 1975 and is currently an instructor at the Ali Akbar College of Music, where he received the Vadya Alankar degree in 1978.
As a solo sitarist, Tim has performed in India, Europe, Canada and the U.S., and is a regular performer at the Ali Akbar College. Tim has composed for and accompanied classical dancers of India, Chitresh Das, Mytili Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Anuradha Nag, Anjani Ambegaokar, Laurie Eisler, Sandhya Desai, Megan Black, and Gopi Batra. At the Ali Akbar College, he has participated in many of Ali Akbar Khan’s ensembles, including the Ali Akbar College Orchestra and the New Maihar Band.
Along with decades of training from Ali Akbar Khan, Tim was also able to learn from the many guest teachers Khansahib brought to the college, including: Pandit Swapan Choudhury (tabla), Pandit Jasraj (vocal), Ustad Vilayat Khan (sitar), Ustad Zakir Hussain (tabla), Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh (tabla, vocal), Pandit Rajeev Taranath (sarod), Sri Partha Chatterjee (sitar), Sri Krishna Bhatt (sitar) and G. S. Sachdev (bansuri).
As a composer, Tim has written commissioned works for film, theater, and dance, and has arranged numerous works of Indian classical music for ensembles of both Indian and non-Indian instrumentation. He composed in Indian classical style for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s version of As You Like It.
Tim’s critically acclaimed albums include Impromptu (2015), Inhale Slowly (top 10 ZMR international radio charts 2011), and Morning Song Evening Song (top 10, NAR radio charts 2005).
Tim has participated in residencies at the Djerassi Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Canada, and Mills College, Oakland, CA.
Tim is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley with an MFA in Music from Mills College, Oakland CA.
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