My guest on this episode is Gurpreet Sarin. He was my brother’s roommate in college while I was still very much a committed evangelical. We played some music in those days, but lost touch for years and recently reconnected. You may know him from season 12 of American Idol.
Gurpreet is a practicing Sikh and grew up playing and singing Indian Classical music. He is an incredible singer and tabla player. During the preparation for this collaboration, he taught me about the way Sikhs meditate on their sacred texts by singing and improvising with them using various raag’s (similar to the western idea of a scale, but more complex). We decided to take two pieces of music that I’ve always loved and perform them in as close to a Classical Indian style as I could get. It was a very meaningful experience for me.