Most of us grew up
listening and playing "Aakashai Ma", from "Sunsat Raat
Ma" album. Now we are very fortunate to feature
him as an artist of the month at Nepalisite.com.
Gurung began taking music lessons at the age of 13 with
his father Amber Gurung who is a pioneer in the field of
Nepali Music. Kishor was awarded a full scholarship to
study guitar in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
in USA in 1979, and graduated in 1983 as the first
Nepali to obtain music degree from an accredited music
institute of the West.
Conservatory, he studied guitar with Larry Almeida,
George Salellariou and David Tanenbaum and participated
in master classes conducted by Manuel Barrueco(Cuba),
Jose Thomas(Spain), David Russell(Scotland), Julian
Bream, Abel Carlevaro(Paraguay) and other masters. In
1986, Kishor received a grant from the East-West Center
to pursue graduate program in ethnomusicology at the
University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
This led him to the ethnic Gurung Enclave of
"Yangjakot", near the beautiful Pokhara Valley, where he
under took field research on Ghantu, a narrative musical
observance in which prepubescent girls go into trance.
Kishor has performed in USA, Germany, France, Thailand,
Belgium and India.
He has made numerous TV and Radio appearances in
addition to performing as a soloist with the Long Island
Youth Orchestra of New York.
He has been a member of an
advisory committee to the Radio Nepal and has lectured
at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu. He is also the founder
and president of
The Classical Guitar Society of Nepal. Currently, he
teaches at Malpi International College at Kathmandu. His
CD Solo Guitar Works stands out to be the first guitar
recording of its kind ever made in south Asia.
In recent years, Kishor Gurung
has also arranged music for Sunil Parajuli.
International Guitar Festival 2003 & The First
Ethnomusicology Seminar" in Nepal.(Oct
of Arts in ethnomusicology, University of Hawaii
at Manoa, Hawaii, USA, 1992.
of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music,
California, USA, 1983.
Intermediate in Arts, Ratna Rajya Campus,
Kathmandu, NEPAL, 1975-76.
Leaving Certificate (SLC), Padmodaya High School,
Kathmandu, NEPAL, 1974.