BENNINGTON -- Yousuf Kerai will give a free performance on tabla with the improvisational trio Natural History (Jared Shapiro, Barry Hyman and Derrik Jordan) on Saturday, June 16, from 2-4 p.m. at the South Street Café in Bennington. This is the only performance that Yousuf Kerai will be giving in this country during this brief trip from his native Pakistan. He is currently experiencing tremendous success in his home country as the leader of a large Classical Indian music ensemble.
Kerai and Jared Shapiro of Natural History began their friendship and musical relationship in 2002 when Kerai was studying advanced mathematics at Bennington College and Shapiro was the dance accompanist. Together they collaborated on numerous projects, including acting as co-musical directors of the Lorca play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and giving public performances together on tabla and cello. Kerai is also well known in the region as a teacher since he taught math at MAUHS for several years.
Natural History are three musicians who love to improvise and create music in the moment. Jared Shapiro, Barry Hyman and Derrik Jordan have been on the cutting edge of experimental spontaneous music since they first played together in 1973. Their sound ranges from beautiful to enigmatic, with a big helping of humor, drama and mystery mixed in.
A true "jam band," they improvise on cello, violin, guitar, balafon, percussion, sitar, kalimba, recorder,