Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Imrat Khan, Todd Mosby to play
benefit concert on Saturday, April 17

Sitarist and teacher Imrat Khan and his son, tabla player Shafaatulla Khan, will team with guitarist Todd Mosby (pictured) in a benefit concert called "Music for the Heart" at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road.

The event also will showcase the latest iteration of the Imrat Guitar, a hybrid of the guitar and sitar developed by Khan and Mosby. (For more about the instrument, see this 2007 piece from the Riverfront Times.) Khan was the first sitar teacher for Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles' George Harrison, and also is said to have influenced the music of John Mclaughlin and Zakir Hussain in the group Shakti. Mosby, a St. Lous native, veteran jazz guitarist and graduate of Berklee College of Music, has studied with Khan for the last 12 years.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Community Alternatives Inc., a St. Louis not-for-profit organization that serves persons with severe mental illness. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling Julia Day of Community Alternatives at 314-772-8801, ext 242., or at the door on the night of the performance.

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