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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
Next up for the Free Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is Burhoe and Wong on Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m.
Ty Burhoe and Sandra Wong will grace the stage for a night of true musical magic.
Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990. From that time forward, Burhoe has been wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path.
Burhoe is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He is internationally recognized for being instrumental in creating unique collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. He has become well known not only for his talents as a tabla player, but also for his extensive experience as a recording and live concert producer. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD, including the Academy Award winning documentary “Born into Brothels.”
Organically, these experiences led him to open his own Indie label, “Tala Records,” in 2004. Burhoe works with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Art Lande, Krishna Das, Kala Ramnath, Curandero (Miguel Espinoza), Ustad Sultan Khan, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Steve Gorn, Mamadou Diabate, Rick Alan (Def Leppard), Howard Levy, Kitaro, Bill Douglas, Jon Anderson (Yes) and many others. On the side, he is the tour assistant for his teacher, Zakir Hussain, touring, producing and managing concerts worldwide. Burhoe also teaches “Sound and Spirit” workshops, as well as tabla intensives throughout the world. See www.talarecords.com.
Sandra Wong started her life journey in upstate New York, displaying a deep love of music at a very early age. She began studying the violin at age 7 with the intention of becoming a concert violinist. This remained her sole focus for 15 years until she discovered fiddling … and her musical world was turned upside down. Since then, Wong’s focus with her music has shifted from being an isolated striving for technical perfection to a focus on connecting other people and cultures through music as a way to build community and express our common humanity. Opening this door with an exploration of Irish, old-time and Bluegrass music, her folk music journey has moved her in to her current livelihood of teaching, performing, recording and collaborating with other musicians from a diverse range of world music genres.
In 1999, Wong opened another door when she discovered a 14th century Swedish folk instrument — the nyckelharpa — and fell in love. This is a 16-string, keyed instrument played with a bow. It has become an integral part of her work and musical expression.
Wong has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and in collaboration with various musicians. She has appeared at numerous festivals and concert series. Her current projects include “ New Shoots-Global Roots” with Greg Tanner Harris (www.globalrootsnewshoots.tumblr.com ) and “The Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie, Ty Burhoe Trio” as well as work as a solo artist and freelance musician collaborating with musicians in all musical genres.
She has released two solo albums: “It’s About Time” in 1999, and “Joy” in 2000. She recently released two collaborative albums; “Frolic and Romp” in 2009 and “Sunny Side Up” in 2010. Wong has recorded on a number of her contemporaries projects. This discography is available on request. Another important aspect of Wong’s work is education and nurturing a deep love of music and the arts in both children and adults. She teaches privately, and in group and workshop settings, and presents family and children’s concerts. Wong also creates and personally facilitates musical study trips to different countries, leading people into the heart of each country.
A percentage of all Wong’s CD sales and proceed from concerts supports responsible projects working to create sustainability on our Planet Earth. In addition, Wong also supports numerous other charitable organizations.