In 2010, Justin Gray invented the bass veena, a fretless instrument designed for Indian classical and Indo-jazz performances. Be immersed during this talk as Gray, an award-winning musician and educator, discusses how his experience with jazz, Indian classical, and electronic music resulted in the creation of this innovative instrument.
Justin Gray is an award-winning bassist, composer, producer, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He has performed across the world, playing with renowned artists in musical styles ranging from jazz to Indian classical. In 2010, Gray invented the bass veena, a fretless instrument designed for Indian classical and Indo-jazz performance. He is now emerging as the first artist to perform on this instrument worldwide. Gray currently leads his own jazz/world music ensemble, Synthesis. This contemporary ensemble draws from the past while remaining connected to the present with a unique cross-cultural blend of jazz, Indian classical, and electronic music.
Listening to Art, Seeing Music
Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, April 22
Listening to Art, Seeing Music with Amirali Alibhai
Tuesday, February 6, 6:30–7:30 pm
Singing as One: A Pathway to Pluralism
Thursday, February 8, 1–2 pm
Digital Music Creation for Youth
Sunday, February 11, 11 am–4 pm
Play in Progress: “Noor” by Erum Khan
Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21
Sephardic Music in the Mediterranean Soundscape
Sunday, February 25, 2–3 pm
Healing Power of Music: The Story of Musideum
Thursday, March 1, 1–2 pm
Music and Sound in the Muslim World
Wednesdays, April 11 to May 16, 6:30–8:30 pm
Musical Synthesis: Electrifying Traditional Music
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