The Rubin Priya Darshini (vocals) + Max ZT (dulcimer)
The Indian Express calls her music “soul stirring,” five-time Grammy winner Roy Wooten calls Priya Darshini “an inspiration,” and Tracy Silverman, calls her “one of the most influential artists from India.” Taking her roots from Indian Classical music, Priya’s vast knowledge of a variety of music from all over the world has resulted in a fresh, imaginative and fascinating new sound. She displays an enviable combination of range, technique, unconventional compositions and a prodigious voice that truly sets her apart from other vocalists and has the ability to both, intrigue and captivate any audience.
Priya has shared the stage and collaborated with some of the most influential international and national music leaders of the century, including five time Grammy award winning drummer and composer Roy “Futureman” Wooten, three time Grammy award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin, four time Grammy award winning trumpeter Philip Lassiter, Grammy nominated Louis Banks, virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, virtuoso hammered dulcimer player Max ZT and more.
Based out of Mumbai, India, Priya has sung for over a hundred television and radio commercials as well as recorded for several award winning and chart topping movie sound tracks. She is also an actor, ultra marathoner, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.He has enlivened the conceptual framework of traditional folk music by fusing multi-cultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound.
Max ZT has shared the stage with some of the most influential international national musical leaders of the century including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Jon Bon Jovi, Karsh Kale, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, and more. With his eight record released, he is, as Timeout NY states, “a sight to behold.”
Max ZT is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and in 2005, worn the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He’s recorded with a vast array of artists across musical genres, ranging from Victor Wooten, to the Goo Goo Dolls, to 2012 American Idol Phil Phillips, to Of Montreal.