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.


RELATED PROGRAMMING

EXHIBITION
Listening to Art, Seeing Music

Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, April 22

CURATOR’S TOUR
Listening to Art, Seeing Music with Amirali Alibhai

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30–7:30 pm

AFTERNOON LECTURE
Singing as One: A Pathway to Pluralism

Thursday, February 8, 1–2 pm

WORKSHOP
Digital Music Creation for Youth

Sunday, February 11, 11 am–4 pm

SPECIAL EVENT
Play in Progress: “Noor” by Erum Khan

Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21

LECTURE
Sephardic Music in the Mediterranean Soundscape

Sunday, February 25, 2–3 pm

AFTERNOON LECTURE
Healing Power of Music: The Story of Musideum

Thursday, March 1, 1–2 pm

COURSE
Music and Sound in the Muslim World

Wednesdays, April 11 to May 16, 6:30–8:30 pm

Musical Synthesis: Electrifying Traditional Music

Free with Museum admission