This weekend I performed at Macy’s Day of Music, a free, all-day event at the Chicago Symphony Center where they had four rooms/theaters of music happening simultaneously all day. I was set up in the rotunda, which was a big room with a big circle staircase in the middle. So I was set up in a corner, with people seated on either side of the staircase. I think it went pretty well, there was a pretty good sized crowd there, and from what I can tell, the people who were closer to me seemed to be engaged in the music, so that’s sweet! But the sitar is such a quiet instrument, so it was good that I was mic’d, but even though, I think people further away from me may have had a harder time hearing me. I didn’t realize how big of a deal this event was, until last weekend when Eric called me asking me if I was performing at the CSO this past Saturday, cause he had seen an ad in the Chicago Tribune. HELLO! There was also an ad in the Reader, and the CSO included me in a press release they sent out about the event. Check out the excerpt below:

World music and jazz fans won’t want to miss several special performances at this year’s Macy’s Day of Music. At 4:00 p.m., audiences can hear India’s most popular instrument when sitar musician Nikhil Trivedi performs in the Rotunda. Mr. Trivedi is founder of Maahaul, a collective of classical Indian music students. He has studied with sitar luminaries such as Rajan Sachdev and Ustad Shujaat Khan.

Crazy!!!