Violinist Vijay Gupta talks about the healing power of music | Culture & Leisure


Posted on October 26, 2021
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UCSB Arts & Lectures will feature Vijay Gupta in a conversation with Pico Iyer on the healing power of music, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at Campbell Hall. The performance is part of the Speaking with Pico series, featured in the CREATING HOPE 2021-2022 programming initiative.

Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Gupta is a renowned violinist, speaker and citizen artist dedicated to creating spaces of wholeness through music. He is the founder of Street Symphony, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that brings music to homeless and incarcerated communities, and co-founder of the Skid Row Arts Alliance.

Gupta has been performing in recital, soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician for twenty years. His TED talk, “Music is medicine, music is reason,” garnered millions of views.

Gupta will be joined by author and interviewer Iyer, known for leading inspiring conversations with today’s top thinkers and innovators. Since 1982, Iyer has been a full-time writer, publishing 15 books, translated into 23 languages, on subjects ranging from the Dalai Lama to globalism, from the Cuban Revolution to Islamic mysticism.

Gupta’s work embodies her belief that the work of artists and citizens is one: to do sadhana – a daily practice – of the world we envision. He is hailed by the New Yorker as a “visionary violinist … one of the most radical thinkers in the non-radical world of American classical music.”

Gupta has shared their work with businesses, campuses, conferences, and communities across America for the past 10 years including the Richmond Forum, Aspen Institute, Hallmark, Accenture, Mayo Clinic, US Congress of Psychiatry, the American Planning Association and the League of American. Orchestras.

He delivered the 33rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on the Arts and Public Policy for Americans for the Arts.

As a violinist, Gupta performed his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s First Violin Section for 12 years and has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Also a recording artist, Gupta recently released “Breathe”, a chamber piano album by Reena Esmail, under her own label. He currently serves as the Senior Artistic and Program Advisor for the Young Musicians Foundation. Gupta holds a BS in Biology from Marist College and an MS in Music from Yale School of Music.

The presentation is part of the UCSB A&L Speaking with Pico series. The cost of participation ranges from $ 25 to $ 435 for the general public; free for UCSB students with a current student ID required. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures, 805-893-3535 or visit

UCSB Arts & Lectures thanks the community partners of the Natalie Orfalea and Lou Buglioli Foundation for their support for the 2021-22 season.

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