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Former Athens Resident To Perform Classical Sitar Concert

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Updated Thu, Feb 13, 2014 2:28 pm

ARTS/West will welcome classical sitarist J.J. Gregg for a concert on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Born in central Illinois, Gregg began his musical training with the piano at age eight, followed by French horn and piano in school jazz bands and orchestras, and years of writing and performing with his experimental rock band. 

In 2000 he moved to Pune, India on a study-abroad program and met internationally renowned sitar player Ustad Usman Khan. For the past 14 years he has studied sitar under Khan at Naad Mandir, traveling back to Pune several times. 

In August 2013 Gregg returned from a year studying and living in Pune and Mumbai, India. Prior to this trip, he lived in Athens for three years, working with Kids on Campus and the West Side Community Garden.

Gregg, who has performed in the U.S., India and Thailand, currently lives in Chicago.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for a family, $5 per adult and $2 for children under 18.

Email artswestathens@gmail.com or call 740-592-4315 for more information.

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