Sitarist David Pontbriand will perform from 12:30-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at the Oasis of Music at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.  Submitted photo

Sitarist David Pontbriand will perform from 12:30-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at the Oasis of Music at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.

American sitarist David Pontbriand began his journey with the sitar in 1973. His story is an exception to the rule, in that he is entirely self-taught. Pontbriand’s Music of Sitar is driven by an intuitive and emotive approach that is deeply personal, and yet displays  elements of classical Indian forms and style. His original and primarily spontaneous compositions for sitar are freely interpretive, while rooted in the classical ragas of north India. Pontbriand explains, “While I have great respect for the Indian classical traditions, I do not necessarily adhere to any of them. I allow free reign to my own musical invention.”

He will be playing an all new carbon fiber sitar crafted in North Carolina by luthier Harry Shaffer, a pioneer in creating a unique 21st century iteration of the sitar.

The Oasis of Music is held in the downstairs chapel. Admission is free, with donations accepted. COVID restrictions of mask-wearing, social distancing are observed, with a maximum number of attendees set at 35. For more information, call (207) 344-3106.


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