Indian slide guitarist
Immerse yourself in the tranquility and majesty of north Indian ragas played on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar.
Since 2007, Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer has been traveling between his native Vermont, USA and India to study and perform Hindustani classical music on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar. He has trained extensively in the oral tradition with his teachers in India, including slide guitarist Dr. Ranjan Kumar and sarod maestro Pt. Alok Lahiri and has enjoyed the appreciation of the Indian classical music community. As a result, he has had the privilege of performing at venues like the 2019 Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Azad Bhawan ICCR Delhi, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bengaluru and the Ekal Ka Rann Festival in Gujarat. Joel has self-produced 7 albums to date, along with a handful of singles and his music has been featured on Radio New Zealand and NPR with 2,000+ monthly listeners on streaming platforms. His concert tours have taken him all over India, Europe and the United States and in 2023 was awarded the Meenakshi Hariharasubramani Award for Excellence in Music.
Joel's performances have been noted for their welcoming and explanatory quality; pieces are presented with their cultural and historical context so as to open the door for new audiences unfamiliar with Indian classical music. His original compositions, often inspiried by the ragas he's studied, have been praised for their use of classical theory and aesthetic while creating toe-tapping, memorable melodies approachable by all. He has presented lecture-demonstrations at a number of schools and universities around the globe (including the California College of the Arts and Delhi Public School Sonepat).