Kees van Boxtel
started to study Indian Classical music about 15 years ago. As a silver flute player, he heard on his first trip to India the bansuri (Indian Bamboo flute) and his love for this magical instrument was born. At the Rotterdam Conservatory, he took lessons with Julia Ohrmann, a virtuoso bansuri player. After that, he has traveled several times to India to learn from bansuri-master Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia the fine techniques of the instrument: the Hindustani music-firmament of raga and tala, with all its glidings and ornamentations. He has also studied under the leadership of Pt Alok Lahiri. Kees performs concerts in India and Europe with a many different world music musicians.
Joel ‘Veena’ Eisenkramer
began his Indian music study in 2007 during a study abroad program. Deeply moved by the beauty of the of the Indian slide guitar and the ragas he heard, he was introduced to Dr. Ranjan Kumar, his first teacher. Since that time, Joel has been traveling to India to study as well as perform, giving concerts in places like the 2019 Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and the Codarts Rotterdam World Music Conservatory. Beginning in 2018, Joel began receiving advanced training under the eminent Sarod maestro Pt. Alok Lahiri in the Maihar Gharana style of playing of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pt. Ravi Shankar. Joel has released 6 albums of slide guitar music and has been featured by Radio New Zealand, BBC Introducing and NPR.
These days, Joel resides with his wife Vidhi in Vermont, USA and Mumbai, India in between touring India, the US and Europe.