Tracking The Odds: Stuart Dempster & Greg Powers (Audio)
Virtuosos Stuart Dempster and Greg Powers in a Druphad style raga for didjeridu and trombone, recorded in concert at Roulette on March 4, 1999. Powers develops the raga on trombone while Dempster provides the drone on his beautiful brass didjeridu. Two Americans fusing European and Australian Aboriginal instruments in the tradition of Asian Indian Dhrupad music, the oldest of the three major vocal styles associated with Hindustani classical music and the most closely related to the South Indian Carnatic tradition. Stuart Dempster is a trombonist, didjeridu player, improvisor, and composer. He collaborated extensively with Pauline Oliveros and Panaiotis including co-founding the Deep Listening Band. He is credited with introducing the didjeridu to North America. Greg Powers is a pioneer in adapting Indian music to the trombone. He is a disciple of the Dagarbhani tradition and has studied with Jeff Lewis, The Dagar Brothers, and Uday Bhawalkar in Seattle and Mumbai.