Trees & Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Sitars and Tamburas

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Sunday November 11

4:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

Learn all about sitars and tamburas with instrument maker J. Scott Hackleman. For over 40 years Scott has been learning sitar, travelling to India, and making and repairing hundreds of Indian instruments for artists such as Ravi Shankar and institutions such as Cal Arts. Discover the woods used to make these instruments such as Tun (Toona ciliata), Sheesham (Dalbergia sisoo), and Ebony (Diospyros ebenum). Additionally, gourds will be discussed. This will be followed and interspersed with a sitar, tambura, and tabla performance by Joanna Mack (sitar) and Ferhan Quereshi (tabla). 


All program fees include same day admission to the Garden, rain or shine (a $12 value per adult).

Please email to inquire if ASL Interpretation is available.

Cancellation Policy: Notification two weeks prior to program receives full refund; less than two weeks receives a one-time credit toward another Garden program to be used within 90 days; less than 48 hours from program start, no refunds or credit will be given for cancellations or absences.


In the event that the Garden has to cancel a program you will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer to another program.