Between Worlds of Sound

Sarodist Alam Khan, son of the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, and sitarist Arjun Verma are collaborating with composer Jack Perla, Del Sol Quartet, and Tablaist Nilan Chaudhuri to compose and perform Between Worlds of Sound, an immersive musical performance debuting in San Francisco in spring 2021. The performance will combine instruments from East and West with ambient sounds, spoken samples, and visuals, recorded in the USA and India.

In a World Full of Divisiveness, Human Emotion is Common Ground

Between Worlds is a musical search for identity and connection between cultures.  

Expressing their life experience as multi-raced, multi-cultural Americans, the composers convey through music those human emotions which ultimately transcend race and culture, linking us all together between our separate worlds.

Between Worlds will take audiences on a journey through various musical chapters representing distinct stages in the composers’ search for cultural and personal identity, such as “Youth,” “Home,” “Journey,” “Desolation,” “Struggle,” “Letting Go,” “Wholeness,” and “Flight.” 

In the end, no matter our ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we are all connected by the range of human emotions we experience. This is the thread that ties us together, and the thread we aim to express through Between Worlds of Sound

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Alam Khan, Sarode & Composer

Alam Khan, Sarode & Composer

Arjun Verma, Sitar & Composer

Arjun Verma, Sitar & Composer

Jack Perla, Composer

Jack Perla, Composer

Nilan Chaudhuri, Tabla

Nilan Chaudhuri, Tabla


Between Worlds will be performed at several venues around the San Francisco Bay Area, starting with a premiere in San Francisco in spring 2021. In addition, six interactive lecture/demonstrations will be presented at various Bay Area educational and community institutions in the months leading up to the performance premiere. 

The combination of the powerful musical score with visual effects, field recordings, and spoken samples will create a unique, immersive, and compelling experience for audiences from all walks of life. 


Bringing together genres from the east and west, composers Alam Khan and Arjun Verma represent Indian classical and contemporary classical music, and composer Jack Perla represents western classical music. Between Worlds will be arranged for Sarod, Sitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Tabla/Drumset, and will also include a landscape of field recordings, ambient sounds, spoken samples, and projected visuals recorded in India and the USA. 

This project is a continuation and an advancement of the rich tradition of Indian classical music in the modern world. Alam Khan is the grandson of Allauddin Khan, the preeminent musical legend who trained both Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, the 20th century ambassadors of Indian classical music to the world. This esteemed lineage sets a precedent both for the traditional rigor and the creative innovation of Between Worlds.

To get a feel for the musical styles being incorporated, here are some samples of the artists’ related classical and contemporary work to date:


Major startup funding for the project was received through a $40,000 grant from the Creative Work Fund of the Haas Foundation (see project profile here “KARUNA SUPREME” is an earlier name for the project). 

In order to produce the live performance, $20,000 of additional funds are necessary to cover a variety of production costs, including written score preparation, field recording, promotional video and audio recording, sound engineering, stage and lighting design, and marketing.

To date, we have raised $7,000 towards this goal.

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Administration of funds is handled by Del Sol Performing Arts Organization ( Itemized project budget and organizational financial information is available upon request.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


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