Based out of San Antonio, TX, a city better known for either Tex-Mex or heavy metal, sarod player Rick Henderson travels on an open-minded quest through world music that has included a collaboration with a Celtic harpist. Henderson is a former member of Ancient Future, an ensemble combining instrumentalists from several different continents and traditions. Henderson is a disciple of Indian classical sarod masters Ali Akbar Khan and Aashish Khan. His primarily West Coast and Southwest touring activities include performances with ensembles such as the New Maihar Band and the Chitresh Das Dance Company. His solo album entitled Light Magic was first issued in 1986. Henderson recorded in duo with harpist David Michael for the Purnima label, perhaps as the result of a quest for an instrument with even more things to strum than the sarod, a fretless lute with more than two dozen strings to pick.
This sarod maestro's activities also include promoting Indian classical music on his home turf, organizing a concert series for a spectacular list of visiting artists. Henderson has a master's degree in North Indian classical music from Antioch University. He should not be confused with other performers with the same name, including a saxophonist from the Duke Ellington band and an avant-garde composer and instrumentalist from Philadelphia. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi