Music, Mind Control, and Psychobiology


Episode 232 is an interview with Dr. Hans Utter, titled: “Music, Mind Control, and Psychobiology”. This episode is being released Sunday, June 21, 2015, and was recorded June 17.
Dr. Hans Utter returns for his 2nd time.
Hans Utter is an exponent of the prominent Imdad Khan gharana, an unbroken line of seven generations which has made significant contributions to the development of classical Indian music. As a disciple of Ustad Shujaat Khan, son of the illustrious sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, Hans has trained intensively in India for nearly two decades. Hans’ unique musical background combines professional experience in diverse styles including jazz, Western classical, electro-acoustic music, and composition. He performs regularly in the United States, India, and Europe, and is the recipient of sixteen national and international awards and grants, and has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, John Abercrombie, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Hidayat Khan, Steve Gorn and Chuck D.

He holds a Doctorate degree in Ethnomusicology from The Ohio State University. He has taught at the Ohio State University, Capital University and the Indira Ghandi National Open University. He is the author of Trance, Ritual and Rhythm (2010), and has three books currently in press.

He lectures frequently around the world on various topics including Sufism, Indian music and Music & culture of Central Asia. Hans has been imparting music lessons (both in person and online), master class/workshop/lecturer demonstrations in North Indian classical sitar & guitar, and Western jazz & blues in guitar around the world.

Currently, he works as a professional musician, composer and producer. He is a Teaching Artist/Artist in Residence, Ohio Arts Council, USA and Research fellow for the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) project, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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