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Galen Passen


New York, NY
4 Played at 4 groupmuses!

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Upcoming groupmuses

Compass Trio in Harlem: a Night of Indian Raga and Flamenco

  • Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM
  • Central Harlem New York, NY

Spots available

Originally from upstate NY, I moved to India at age 18 in order to pursue the study of hindustani music on the sitar in the traditional "guru-shishya parampara" (guru-disciple tradition). New Delhi wound up being my home for the next 8 years. I was lucky to connect with a wonderful maestro named Gopal Krishan Shah who guided me in those years and much of that time was intensively spent studying this instrument and music.
My artistic pursuits in India also introduced me to an eclectic community of artists from all over the world and ignited many other creative outlets such as experimental composition, and playing for contemporary dance. Here in NYC, I primarily perform and study hindustani music while also working as a visual artist and bringing the sitar to other collaborative formats. I am lucky to live in this vibrant city, where my passion for Indian Classical Music can blossom in an environment of high calibre artists defined by tradition, collaboration, and experimentation.

Traditional Repertoire

As the groupmuse platform was originally designed for western classical traditions, "repertoire" has a slightly different context for Indian classical music, namely because our music is improvisational. The compositions we do use, while deeply significant, are catalysts for said improvisations.
That being said, the maestros whose compositions and playing styles I play and reference are primarily Imdad Khan, Faiyaz Khan, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan, and Budhaditya Mukherjee.


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Raga Bihag



  • Ethnic Roots Jazz Ensemble
  • Brooklyn NY
  • 1 groupmuse played

Performed groupmuses (3)

A night of Sitar! (with an East river view!)

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 7:30 PM
  • Long Island City NY

This groupmuse happened 20 days ago

Hindustani Classical music: Sitar and tabla in Harlem

  • Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 7:00 PM
  • Central Harlem New York, NY

This groupmuse happened 4 months ago

Sitar on UWS

  • Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Upper West Side

This groupmuse happened 4 months ago