Music Literature

Utsav Lal x Asian American Writers' Workshop

Presented in collaboration with IAC, as part of the AAWW PAGETURNER conference



Sat, Jun 26, 2021




The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in collaboration with Irish Arts Center, presents Utsav Lal, internationally recognized pianist and composer acclaimed for his groundbreaking handling of Indian classical music that treads the line between tradition and innovation. 

Lal, a 2019 IAC artist in residence alongside Loah and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, performs an exclusive set to close out PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop Publishing Conference, a program that centers the work and experiences of writers and creators of color, and aims to demystify the often opaque business of publishing. 

  • Admission to conference panels is $15, with a 15% discount for IAC audiences (enter code FRIENDOFIAC at checkout)
  • BIPOC members of our community: sign up here for a chance to win one of two free tickets to the conference. Deadline Wednesday, June 23.

All attendees will receive a link to Lal's closing performance. 

PAGE TURNER: The AAWW 2021 Publishing Conference
9:45am–6pm ET (various panels)

Utsav Lal x AAWW
6pm ET 


Young Steinway artist Utsav Lal is an Indian pianist, improviser, educator, and composer. Often known as the “Raga Pianist,” Utsav has gained international success and recognition for his innovative handling of Indian classical music, with performances at leading venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ireland’s National Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and NCPA.

Lal grew up in Dublin and has done extensive collaborative work with Irish and Scottish musicians, including Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Dave Sheridan, and Jarlath Henderson. He also features on several international collaborations like Australian Contemporary Circus Company CIRCA, Talvin Singh, Rajna Swaminathan, Rakesh Chaurasia, and others. His debut album, Piano Moods of Indian Ragas (2008), was followed by five subsequent albums, including Ragas to Reels (2014), released as a live album recording from the India tour, and Fluid Piano (2016), a historic recording on the world’s first adaptive tuning acoustic musical piano.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a national non-profit organization that provides a platform for Asian diasporic writers, creating a space in which AAPI communities can imagine a more just future.


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