South Asia Institute Presents,

Corky SiegEl & Kalyan Pathak: Chamber Blues Duo

Saturday, December 16, 2023

4:00 P.M. Start / 3:30 P.M. Doors


Join us for a special exhibition closing event featuring Chicago music icons. Don't miss your last chance to experience the “Indigo: The Blue Gold” exhibition and also witness two of Chicago's most iconic musicians.

Programed in conjunction with the South Asia Institute’s current “Indigo: The Blue Gold” art exhibition by Shelly Jyoti which is focused on and is themed around the history associated with the blue dye derived from the indigo plant that has touched many communities across the world. Through this free performance, South Asia Institute (SAI) looks to help highlight, educate, and celebrate the roots and journeys of Chicago blues music and jazz music, world music and South Asian performing arts and share the parallel stories of the music and the color blue dye and Indigo plant’s own journey.

Corky Siegel & Kalyan Pathak : Chamber Blues Duo

(Blues and Jazz meets Indian Percussion)


Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the worlds great blues harmonica players, blues pianist, singer-songwriter, creator of CHAMBER BLUES and the sole pioneer/composer of award-winning revolutionary works that weave blues and classical forms together. Co-founder of the SIEGEL-SCHWALL BAND, and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Corky Siegel has a catalogue of recordings on RCA, Vanguard, Alligator, and million selling blues/classical recordings on the iconic classical label Deutsche Grammophon. His close associations with the blues masters in the earlier days of Chicago blues, his essential part in the blues rock revolution, and his surprising success in bringing together blues and classical audiences make him a pivotal (though inconspicuous) figure in modern music history. “underappreciated national treasure” - Downbeat Magazine.

Kalyan Pathak is one of the busiest virtuoso tabla and multi-ethnic percussionists in USA who has performed, collaborated and toured with many international artists from jazz, classical and jam-band music scenes, such as, Aretha Franklin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, as featured soloist with Elgin Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet, Alberto Mizrahi, Peter Yarrow, Fareed Haque Group, Howard Levy, and many others. Recent projects include recordings with his own group “Jazz Mata”, composing for Chicago Silk Road Project, Fulcrum Point New Music, arranging horns and drums for Bollywood film composers SEL and is a member of the Chicago phenom tribute band Tributosaurus and Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues.

This event is FREE and open to all.

*This event is supported by a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.



South Asia Institute (1925 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616)

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December 17, 2023

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