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Musical Storefronts: Aakash Mittal, saxophone, flute, clarinet; Shurmila Dhar, vocals; Joey Chang, piano; Kwami Coleman, piano & Vijay Iyer, piano

April 1 at 11 am, 12 & 1 pm

Aakash Mittal Bio

Shurmila Dhar Bio

Joey Chang Bio

Kwami Coleman Bio

Vijay Iyer Bio


Improvised Music with Aakash Mittal 

Set 1
Shurmila Dhar | Vocals
Joey Chang | Piano
Aakash Mittal | Saxophone, Flute and Clarinets

Set 2
Kwami Coleman | Piano
Aakash Mittal | Saxophone, Flute and Clarinets

Set 3
Vijay Iyer | Piano
Aakash Mittal | Saxophone, Flute and Clarinets


January 21-April 28, 2021

Kaufman Music Center brought live music back to NYC’s Upper West Side with a pop-up concert series with 107 performances featuring 202 of our city’s finest performers, including chamber musicians, soloists, Broadway stars from Hamilton, Tootsie and Company, and artists from the Merkin Hall stage. More than 30K passers-by enjoyed the performances. Presented in partnership with the Alphadyne Foundation, Musical Storefronts provided work to artists severely impacted by the cancellation of live performances in a format that took into account all necessary health and safety measures for both artists and audiences.

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Shurmila Dhar Bio

Shurmila Dhar is a New York based vocalist. She began her classical vocal training in 2010 and continued her studies at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in classical voice performance in 2018. She has since branched out as a concert vocalist and improviser. Her improvising style features a wide range of techniques that focus primarily on the extremes of the voice and its vast timbral palette as well as pushing the limitations of the human voice.

Dhar has performed several leading operatic roles including, but not limited to: Girl 3 in the U.S. premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s ANON, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. Her solo concert performances include Schubert’s Mignon Lieder, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, and Satie’s Cabaret Songs.