Dr. David Trasoff will be on campus from April 23-27 as part of the Gordhan L. and Virginia B, “Jinx” Patel Distinguished Visiting Professorship. This visiting professorship in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music was created in 2008 to promote the knowledge and experience of Indian Musical arts by bringing in acknowledged renowned performers of Indian classical music to perform, teach, and work with UGA students and faculty.
In conjunction with his visit, Dr. Trasoff will present a free concert on Thursday, April 26 in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, accompanied by tabla player Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee.
Dr. Trasoff will also present a paper entitled “Sourindro Mohun Tagore, Hindustani Music and The Colonization of the European Mind” on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in room 412 of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
Dr. Trasoff has studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music under maestro Ali Akbar Khan, India’s ‘Living National Treasure,’ since 1973. Acclaimed for his performance in both the United States and India, Dr. Trasoff has appeared in concert in arts centers, universities, conservatories and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has made numerous performing tours in India.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.F.A. in music from California Institute of the Arts. He served as Director of the Indian Music Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, University of California, Riverside, California State University, San Marcos, Pomona College and the Rotterdam Conservatory CODARTS program.