“It was a pleasure working with you on the “Family get together Summer event of Vahia Family”. I and my wife Meena were pleasantly surprised when you agreed to arrive in Detroit the night before and after only four hours sleep attended our function and entertained group of 120 people with scintillating classical and Bollywood music. Our friends are still thanking us for exposing them to your talent. We wish we will have a chance in future to work on another project. Thanks again.” –
Tapan & Meena Vahia | vahiat at Hotmail.com
“First of all let me thank you and your colleague on tabla for an outstanding performance on our daughter’s homecoming reception. All our friends went on social media saying ‘it’s our kind of an evening.’ I believe your stage set-up was fantastic; in the open air surrounded by nature. Thank you very much for your outstanding performance that night….it made a world of difference to all of us.” – Vilvan Gunasingham
‘Christopher performed for our group of family and friends at our wedding in July of 2016. One of my favourite moments of my wedding was walking into the courtyard where he was playing and hearing the beautiful music. I was immediately filled with peace and joy on an already special, yet hectic day. He is incredibly talented and also very easy to communicate with. Very highly recommended. Thank you so much for being part of our special day and for the beautiful memories.’ – Naila
“Mohit and I would like to you thank you so much for making our wedding day so memorable. All our guests really enjoyed your music, we received endless compliments! It definitely set a nice ambience for our wedding ceremony. You are truly amazing at what you do, & Mohit and I will not hesitate to recommend you to our family and friends. Thank you so much from the bottom of our heart.” – Mohit & Manvir.
“Thank you for coming to Sarnia and making the party so special. So many people said wonderful things about your music and singing. I think people around this way will be calling you in the near future. Take care and once again thank you for coming and making it a simply wonderful evening for us.” – Pawan and Baljit
“Chris played at our wedding last summer and it was definitely one of the highlight moments. We had many musicians and musical enthusiasts who traveled from India and Europe for the wedding and all were enthralled and continue to speak about the performance. I would highly recommend him to anyone.” – Dr. Raj Das Gupta
“We highly recommend Christopher Hale as a unique and very talented performer of Bollywood songs on sitar and as a singer. As an upscale wedding planning company, we only recommend the absolute best and Christopher’s talent is unmatched. He always wows and delights the guests at our weddings, we are honoured to continue to work with him.” – Raana Chaudhry, Sapna Weddings, www.sapnaweddings.com
“We most enjoyed having you both at our home, sharing your music and selves with our friends and family, far flung and near. It is of course work to coordinate a gathering, however it was rewarding to have it returned with joy and peace, an enviable combination. Music outside is special; when I sat down to enjoy, it was a spell of sunlight to gather gratitude and memories, shared and private. Thank you for the last minute flexibility with the time, you made life easier to co-ordinate all. It was mesmerizing during the eve, it is memorable today.” – Suzanne Dasgupta
“It was such a delight to have Christopher Hale perform during our Indian wedding ceremony. My wife’s choice of track was ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ which he performed effortlessly. All of our guests came from different parts of the world, and they all commented positively on the performance. Thoroughly recommend such a great talent” – Daniel Naqui
“I requested Chris to perform at an intimate celebration for my mothers 80th birthday. The melodic, heartfelt music that Chris created filled our home and elevated all present. It will never be forgotten.” – Dr. Yasmin Harrison
Friday, May 1st, 7:30 – 10 pm
“Sometimes” 3rd Annual Fundraiser for “Child Haven International”
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Road, Toronto
Tickets: $35 Contact Michelle Lalonde or Marc Lalonde : firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 1st, 8 pm
Wanner Mennonite Church, 1725 Beaverdale Road, Cambridge, ON,N3C 2V3.
Saturday, October 25th, 3 pm.
Canada Dry Diwali Fest in Brampton, Ontario. Christopher Hale and Ed Hanley perform Indian Classical Music and Bollywood songs.
Saturday, August 23rd, 4:30 pm, Festival of South Asia, on Main Stage in Gerrard India Bazaar, Toronto (On Gerrard St between Coxwell and Greenwood).
Tuesday, July 29th, 8 pm, $20. Visit musideumconcerts.com for futher details of this world fusion night, featuring Christopher Hale on sitar, Ed Hanley on tabla, Justin Gray on Bass Vina, and Suba Sankaran on vocals.
Saturday, April 5th, 7-7:30 pm. Zakir Hussain and The Masters of Percussion (including Steve Smith of Journey), pre-concert performance in the Roy Thomson Hall Lobby, (Advance purchase required. Must be a student or be accompanied by a student to attend this preconcert event). http://www.masseyhall.com/eventdetail/hussain
Raga Pilu in Rupak Taal
A Sample of Raga Bhimpalasi, Raga Bihag, and the Bollywood classic, “Teri Bindiya Re”
Kabhi Kabhie (Cover)
Raga Megh with Love from Canada – Alap, Jor, and Gat in Jhaptal
Kora Kagaz (Cover)
Love You To (Beatles Cover)-Jeff Scott and the Buddy Ray Vons – Hard Rock Cafe Toronto
Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko (Cover)
Raga Jaunpuri in Vilambit Teental with Jim Feist on Tabla
Raga Jaunpuri in Chartal ki Sawari (11 beat time cycle) with Christopher Hale on sitar, Ed Hanley on tabla, Suba Sankaran on Carnatic vocals, and Justin Gray on Bass Veena. Performed Live at Musideum, Toronto.
How to Play Sitar (Wilbur Sargunaraj Featuring Chris Hale)
Raga Bhupali in Jhaptal (10 beat time cycle)
Mukteshwar (Bhajan by Christopher’s band, Aradhna)
see youtube.com/aradhnamusic for more videos
Raga Jaunpuri Drut Gat (fast composition) in Teen Tal (16 beat cycle) with Ed Hanley on tabla
Teri Bindiya (Cover)
Bhimpalasi – slow teental composition
Bhimpalasi – medium speed teental composition – “Ja Ja Re Apne Mandirwa”
Bhimpalasi – fast composition in teental
Tu Hi Re (Cover)
Raga Nat Bhairav alap, jor, jhalla, and vilimbit gat in teen taal with Steve Roberston on tabla at the Annual Nikhil Banerjee Memorial Concert in San Jose, California, on September 7th, 2013.
Zara Zara (Cover)
Raga Malkauns, Alap, Bilimbit Gat, Drut Gat, Jhalla, with Steve Robertson on tabla
My Student Feeds a Chickadee During Her Lesson
Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko (Cover)
Kal Ho Naa Ho (Cover)
Raga Jaunpuri – Chartal Ki Sawari (11 beat time cycle)
Kora Kagaz (Cover)
O Mere Sona Re (Cover)
Pehla Nasha (Cover)
Raga Kedar featuring Christopher Hale on sitar, Justin Gray on Bass Veena, Suba Sankaran on Carnatic vocals, and Ed Hanley on tabla
Love You To (Cover) – The Beatles – Live at the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto
“Namaste Sate” Aradhna
“Holy River” Aradhna
“Yeshu Muktinath” Aradhna
“Yeshu Bhajan” Aradhna
“Asato Ma” Aradhna