Kees van Boxtel
started to study Indian Classical music around 2005. As a silver flute player he heard on his first trip to India the Bansuri ( Indian Bamboo flute) and his love for this magical instrument was born. At the Rotterdam Conservatory (CodArts) he followed lessons with Julia Ohrmann, a virtuoso bansuri-player. After that he has travelled several times to India to learn from bansuri-master Himanshu Nanda the fine techniques, the Hindustani music-firmament of raga, tala and ornamentation. He has studied under the leadership of Pt. Alok Lahiri. Kees performs concerts throughout India and Europe with many different world music musicians.
Joel ‘Veena’ Eisenkramer
Joel Veena is an Indian slide guitarist from Vermont, USA who has been traveling to Delhi, India to study with his teacher Dr. Ranjan Kumar since 2007. From that time, Joel has performed at numerous venues and events throughout the US and India including concerts for the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore. He has presented as a guest lecturer at the California College of the Arts and at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His show, Taleem Yatra, a unique combination of storytelling and music has been performed in cities throughout the US and India. He has also released two studio albums of slide guitar music. Joel’s dedication to classical Indian music and ear for innovation make him a dynamic artist in any setting.
Both Joel and Kees are now receiving advanced ‘taleem’ from Pt. Alok Lahiri, master sarod player, of Kolkata in the Maihar Gharana style of playing.