My name is Sally Block. I play silver and bamboo flutes on a tightrope between East and West.
I am a nomad from a North Dakota rodeo town who fell in love with Indian music in California. I was struck by the meditative and sophisticated qualities of this music and was deeply intrigued by the silence within it. It inspired me to study the bansuri with GS Sachdev and eventually go to India.
For twelve winters and a few monsoons I took part in a vortex of musical invention in Pune where I formed bonds with regional and international musicians. Some of them became renowned innovators of World Fusion and New Age music. We were an East/West orchestra directed by a local sitar maestro, presenting concerts in society, as well as a band playing wild devotional music for dance and meditation events.
In the USA I've played meditation concerts in yoga centers throughout the Hamptons, for therapy workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and for dance events and recordings with Gabrielle Roth in New York City.
Playing live in these experiences helped me find my place in East/West fusion by developing my own melodies within the ragas’ boundaries. This work culminated in my first solo album, "Halfway to Midnight," based on some of my favorite evening ragas.