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Reena Esmail

Los Angeles, CA            

Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, to bring communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces. Esmail holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, and has written for Kronos Quartet, Albany Symphony and Conspirare. A resident of Los Angeles, Esmail is the 20-23 Swan Family Artist in Residence with Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the 20-21 Composer in Residence with Seattle Symphony. She is the Artistic Director of Shastra, a non-profit organization that promotes cross-cultural music connecting musical traditions of India and the West.

Reena is Co-Chair of the Board of New Music USA.

This Love Between Us: Jainism

Saili Oak, vocals; Robin Sukhadia, tabla;
Tonality; Alexander Lloyd Blake, conductor

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Piano Trio

Kristin Lee, violin; Joshua Roman, cello; David Fung, piano
filmed by Second Inversion
Town Music Seattle

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Darshan

Vijay Gupta, violin

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles October 30 2014 | By Reena Esmail
Hindustani Music: The Four-Syllable Darling and Text Setting in Hindi

Learning Hindi in its written and sung forms simultaneously has been revealing in so many ways. Little idiosyncracies I would have otherwise missed in the language are illuminated through song.

Articles October 23 2014 | By Reena Esmail
Hindustani Music: Cultural Collisions (and Washing Machines)

The unlikely collisions between the two musical cultures I inhabit bring up so many questions for me about musical perception: What do people from one musical culture hear in the...

Articles October 16 2014 | By Reena Esmail
Hindustani Music: Let It Go

When I began to study Hindustani music, I treated the recording of each lesson the way I would have treated the score of a Beethoven sonata, meticulously learning and memorizing...

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