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Ram Dass Khalsa grew up in a musical family in the San Francisco Bay Area. As music was in his blood, he took to it very quickly and was raised on artists ranging from the Beatles to Beethoven and Prokofiev, John Coltrane to Ravi Shankar. In his 23 years he has already grown to be an incredibly unique and captivating musician and artist.
Considered a prodigy among his peers, he plays a variety of instruments including clarinet, guitar, and piano, and has received instruction from members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Portland Symphony, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet. In 2001, he was named principal clarinetist for the Young People's Symphony Orchestra with whom he shared the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall. At the age of 17, he was selected to debut Pulitzer Prizewinner Steven Stucky's "Meditation and Dance for Bb Clarinet and Piano". In 2006, Ram Dass played at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood with jazz greats Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
He has performed regularly alongside Snatam Kaur, Guru Ganesha Singh, Manish Vyas, and Tanmayo, and is featured on Snatam Kaur's "Live In Concert" CD. Ram Dass is also an accomplished studio musician, composer, and producer. He recently produced Prabhu Nam Kaur's album "Seasons of the Soul" featuring Snatam Kaur as well as tracks on Simrit Kaur's album "The Sweetest Nectar".
His self-produced debut album, "The Alchemist's Prayer" (available on Spirit Voyage Music) was released to high praise and highlights his talents in every area of his artistic palette.
Ram Dass is the owner of Epiphany Studios and Audio Arts near Berkeley, CA.