The Rubin Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) + Jonathan Singer (tabla)
Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) + Jonathan Singer (tabla)
G. L. Diana is a sitar player based in New York. He lived for more than 6 years in India studying sitar and vocal Dhrupad style in Vrindavana, Uttar Pradesh and has been studying for 4 years under the guidance of the world renowned sitar master Ustad Shahid Parvez.
Included among the Village Voice's "Best of New York," percussionist Jonathan Singer has been praised for his "superb four-mallet technique" (New York Times) and described as an "artistic assault on the sensory order of nitrous oxide." His solo appearances include performances with the Detroit Symphony and Grammy-winning Nighthawks. Mr. Singer has performed across the United States, India, Japan, Brazil, and Canada and on the stages of Alice Tully Hall, City Center, 92nd Y, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and Queens College grant to study in India. Singer is presently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College, Queens College, and Queensborough Community College. His principal teachers have included Michael Lipsey, Nancy Zeltsman, Jamey Haddad, Erode Nagaraj, and Abhijit Banerjee. Mr. Singer is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Berklee College of Music, and Queens College and is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.