Indian Wedding Music Trio

Musicians' Biographies

David Trasoff-sarode
David Trasoff has studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music under maestro Ali Akbar Khan, India’s ‘Living National Treasure,’ since 1973. 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. David 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. In 1997 he and David Philipson were selected to perform for The Music Circle in Los Angeles; the first western performers of North Indian music to be so invited.

In 2003, David provided the on-screen music for the popular and widely acclaimed film Leela, directed by Somnath Sen.

“The evening’s performance left no doubt about his prowess... There was tremendous depth, feeling and soul in Trasoff’s performance.”
AJANTA KRISHNAMURTY, The Telegraph, Calcutta

David Philipson-bansuri
David Philipson began studying Indian classical music in 1978 at CalArts with Amiya Dasgupta and Taranath Rao, where he received his BFA and MFA in music. In 1984 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in India with the leading exponents of the late Pt. Pannalal Ghosh lineage of bansuri performance; V.G. Karnad, Devendra Murdeshwar and Nityanand Haldipur. Philipson has also received guidance from Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Bellare and Rajeev Taranath.

Philipson has performed extensively in the US, Europe and India. In June 2009, David performed for The Music Circle in Los Angeles, becoming the first non-South Asian performer of Indian music to be invited to play a solo concert for The Music Circle. In addition to many recordings, he can be also heard on the film scores of Xena:Warrior Princess, 'Man from Elysian Fields', 'Perfumed Garden', 'Leela', 'The Other End of the Line' and 'Outsourced'.

David composed music for the short film 'Silent Water' to raise awareness about the need for water in Indian villages, and to raise money for Gramalaya, an NGO that helps villages in India get access to clean water.

"On bansuri (the north Indian flute) was David Philipson, the West's foremost exponent of this ancient instrument. Philipson evokes the clear call of nature with elegant excursions on his bansuri."
Greg Burk - LA Weekly

  • Javad Butah - Tabla

     Javad Butah

  • Neelamjit Dhillon - Tabla

    Neelamjit Dhillon

  • Debasish Choudhuri - Tabla

    Debasish Chaudhuri

  • Miles Shrewsberry - Tabla

    Miles Shrewsberry

  • Samar Das - Tabla

    Samar Das

  • Pial Hossain - Tabla

    Pial Hossain

  • Ravi Naimpally

We perform with many of the best tabla accompanists in Los Angeles, as well as in other cities, including Javad Butah, Neelamjit Dhillon, Debasish Chaudhuri, Miles Shrewsberry, Samar Das, Pial Hossain, and Ravi Naimpally.