Paul Livingstone – Raga



There is so much music out there. In fact, be encouraged because there is so much “great music” out there, you just have to sift through all of the noise. If you visit Refinersfire regularly you are aware there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not classical music is dead (be sure to check out my favorite website on the subject: The most important reason that great music continues to thrive is that there are so many people that continue to create it in spite of  the adversity they may be hearing from us talking heads.

Today we feature the great music of Paul Livingstone.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, international performing artist Paul Livingstone is one of the leading sitarists in America today. He has focused his studies in the creative tradition of Indian classical raga music in which he has been rigorously trained for the past 25 years in India and the US studying under the late Amiya Dasgupta, Rajeev Taranath and the living legend Pandit Ravi Shankar.Paul has performed in around the US, Mexico, Europe & Asia and has just returned from a major concert tour performing Indian music in Nepal, India, Czech & Germany.

As a committed composer Paul leads his own Arohi Ensemble and has composed for film, television, theater and dance. He also plays a variety of fretless guitars and requintos of his own design and has also developed a unique style of ‘ragajazz chamber music’ blending Indian ragas, jazz, counterpoint & rhythmic material from diverse world traditions. As a creative force for true ‘world music synthesis’, Paul maintains a clear vision for the dissemination of traditional forms and is grounded in the rich cultural milieu of Los Angeles as a dedicated teaching artist & community activist. – taken from Mr. Livingstone’s bio on his website:


Thank you Uncle Phil for introducing us to Paul Livingstone. And thank you Paul Livingstone, if you happen to see this post, for performing, composing, and contemplating great music.

And thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this and discover great music. Please contact us and let us know about other great music that is happening in your community – perhaps we can feature it as well.


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